Cape Vernacular Architecture
The Cape vernacular architecture style is a more informal version of the old Cape Dutch style. The style has been revived in with many houses on Wine Estates now in the Cape vernacular architectural style. The vernacular style is a charming country style well suited to residential architecture, with pitched roofs, fascias and small regularly spaced windows. The walls can be painted any colour and need not be white like the old Cape Dutch style.
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Vernacular architecture is a category of architecture based on local needs, construction materials and reflecting local traditions. At least originally, vernacular architecture did not use formally-schooled architects, but relied on the design skills and tradition of local builders. However, since the late 19th century many professional architects have worked in versions of the style.
It tends to evolve over time to reflect the environmental, cultural, technological, economic, and historical context in which it exists. While often difficult to reconcile with regulatory and popular demands of the five factors mentioned, this kind of architecture still plays a role in architecture and design, especially in local branches.
Vernacular architecture can be contrasted against polite architecture which is characterized by stylistic elements of design intentionally incorporated for aesthetic purposes which go beyond a building’s functional requirements. This article also covers, where somewhere between the two extremes yet based upon authentic themes the term traditional architecture.