Dominic Touwen qualified from the University of Cape Town in 1994, He lived and worked in the UK and the States for a number of years and then returned to work for Revel Fox and Partners where he was made Associate in 1998.
He set up his own practice in Cape Town in 2000 and has gone on to gain a reputation for bespoke houses with classic styling where comfort takes first priority. He works in association with Rohan Young www.youngarchitecture.co.za on larger and more contemporary projects in Zambia and abroad.
Dominic Touwen's lifelong passion for gardens and his belief that landscaping should be an integral part of any architectural design lead him to add a landscape design service to his professional stable in 2004.
He opened Chandler House his Antiques and Interiors shop with Michael Chandler in 2012 and it has fast become the latest word in glamorous, eccentric interior styling.
With projects ranging from 5 star game lodges, luxury golf estates, wine tasting rooms and restaurants to bespoke country houses and gardens in South Africa, Zambia, the UK and Australia, Dominic Touwen has become one of the leading figures in traditional architecture and interiors both at home and abroad.
Dominic Touwen & Associates is a small, friendly architectural practice based in central Cape Town.
The office specialises in traditional domestic architectural design.
We have a particular interest in country houses and estates with considerable experience in and around the Cape winelands.
The practice is deeply committed to sustainable design within a traditional architectural idiom which is at the same time suitable for contemporary living.
We endeavor to provide an excellent professional service from the first concepts to the final handover
We aim to design buildings that are beautiful, comfortable, robust and timeless.
Dominic Touwen & Associates provides a Landscape Design service in addition to its Architectural Service.
Though the practice specialises in large country gardens and master planning of farmyards and agricultural landscapes we are also experienced in urban gardens.
We believe that the design of the house should be seamlessly integrated with the landscape design so that they form a unified whole.
In keeping with our Architectural practice we have an interest in more traditional landscape design integrating hard landscaping such as pergolas, terraces and walls with mixed planting and the use of interesting varieties to set our gardens apart.
We only work with the most reputable installers to ensure the best product and service.
We aim to design gardens that are classic, gracious and charming.
We have only recently moved into the Interior Design field but are confident that there is a good synergy with our Architectural practice and Chandler House. The boundary between Interior design and Architecture grows ever more blurred.
We are concentrating on more traditional, classic interiors with an eclectic aesthetic as we feel that this is more compatible with local houses and the fascinating historical layering of the Cape.
We have recently completed the interiors of the Royal Zambezi Lodge www.royalzambezilodge.com on the Zambezi River in Zambia and the Pool Room @ Oak Valley
We are committed to designing interiors that are timeless, charming and elegant.
Dominic Touwen in collaboration with Michael Chandler and Jeremy Smith opened the doors of Chandler House in 2012 and it has rapidly become known as a treasure trove of beautiful wares.
Based on the ground floor of 53 Church street it specialises in interesting antiques, contemporary and Chinese ceramics, decorative paintings and prints, threadbare carpets, fantastic mirrors, eccentric curiosities and a good range of classic furniture.
Michael Chandler curates the collection of ceramics, jewellery, furniture, antiques and artworks by the likes of Welz, Preller, Roworth, Pilkington, Karstel and other 20th Century masters. Other items worth looking at include contemporary beadwork by local design studio Serpentine and Wendy Maclachlan's Homebakes Ceramics studio.
Dominic's life-long fascination with textiles takes him around the world sourcing unique and fascinating fabrics such as block prints from Rajastan, indigoes from West Africa and ikats from Central Asia. There is also a wide range of Suzanis imported by Manina Bauman and fabulous Parisian prints and velvets by Josie Hemingway.
The shop is open weekdays from 10am - 5pm and Saturdays from 10am - 2pm. Please come and visit soon.
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