House Portal / Cru62

Client Location Site           Building Area Programme Status
Pete and Sarah Portal, Fusion Manenberg Sherwood Park, Cape Town 495m² 170m² Single Family House, Communal House Phase 1 complete
Construction Team                   
ArtiSan 5 Construction CC, GJ Haupt Building Contractor, Premier Plumbing, Fusion Manenberg              

"The renovating of The Manenberg House will contribute to the bigger picture of Fusion’s daily intervention on the ground in Manenberg. Along with a daily program offering counselling, addiction step work, support groups and one on one mentoring, Fusion is opening a bakery in order to offer employment to ex-addicts and gangsters" Pete & Sarah Portal


The design for House Portal / Cru62 in Sherwood Park, Manenberg, explores the interaction between a space for youth wanting to make a change from a destructive lifestyle and a space for house parents. The project required the extensive repair of the house and re-organisation of the spaces to include shared communal spaces and private spaces for individuals. The house forms part of Fusion Manenberg’s goal in pursuing a transformational community where youth are offered a supportive space to re-discover or understand their identity, learn to deal with destructive behaviours and participate in a healthy, functional family. The construction phase of the project empowered 2 members of Fusion Manenberg youth to be part of the building process under the guidance of Anthony Van Rede of ArtiSan 5 Construction CC.

The focus of this project was to create a variety of communal spaces.  Each side of the house expresses its individuality with the use of bold colours and a distinct material palette. The landscaping includes 101 square metres of space split between an indigenous garden and vegetable garden space for each individual in the house.