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date: 14 December 2019

Hallen, Hans (Heyerdahl)locked

(b Durban, Aug 31, 1930).
  • W. H. Peters

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(Heyerdahl)

(b Durban, Aug 31, 1930).

South African architect, teacher, writer and urban planner. He was trained at the University of Natal, Durban (1949–53), and gained experience in local offices and at the London County Council; he also travelled widely in Europe and lived and studied in Rome for a period. In 1959 he entered into private practice in Durban. His early houses are distinguished by their white modulated surfaces, interior–exterior relationships and the integration of planting, for example the Hattingh House (1962), Kloof. In his low-rise, high-density residential buildings in Durban he introduced the concept of duplex flats with private and semi-private courts; these included Stellenberg (1962) and Musgrave Mews (1963). He developed an architecture of strong geometric form, exploiting a combination of off-form concrete, red brick, glass and metal, in the residences (1964–6) at the University of Natal and the Shaw House (1968...

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