This beautiful site opens up onto the Buitenverwachting Wine Estate and overlooks the most magnificent vineyards presided over by the Constantiaberg, part of Table Mountain, in the north-west.
With our Design motto of “Honesty in Architecture” the option to replicate the area’s heritage Cape Dutch styles was not an option. The concept was to simplify the design so as not to compete with the existing heritage styles nearby. Around the vineyards are a mishmash of housing styles and not wanting to add to this, we opted for a neutral design with natural timber materials.
The property’s owner is passionate about Koi and special attention was given in the hardscaping and subsequent layout of the garden to ensure that the water feature, timber deck walkway, bridge, and swimming pool merge into the existing landscape background.
Because of her history in the creative industry, we had a relationship with a very creative two-way flow of energy between client and architect’ – especially regarding the interior.
The design and planning of the house was not without its challenges that included:
Noticeable upon entry into the hallway is the cantilevered staircase from a contrasting sun dried clay brick wall on the left.
Another cantilevered element is outside above the driveway where the walkway to the front door is covered by a hardwood entrance pergola supported against two walls and suspended from a single steel mast with 13mm stainless steel rigging cable. Because of the odd entrance position from the street, the challenge was to lead the pedestrian naturally to the front door.
All balustrades were custom designed with alternating stainless and hardwood stanchions, stainless steel cables and wide hardwood rails.
Given the effective use of natural light inside the home, which also ensures that the views to the north and the west remain visible at all times, a number of additional sustainability features were incorporated: