Architectural Showcase for Residential Developments
Situated on the slopes of the Helderberg Mountains in Stellenbosch and nestled between rolling vineyards, a koppie (small granite hill) and a river below, Hillside is simultaneously arresting and juxtaposed as fits flawlessly into its surroundings.
“The brief was to create a home for a Johannesburg based family that could eventually be used as a family home but would initially be used for holidays. The site enjoys spectacular views and it was important that the connection to these views was maximised,” says Greg Truen, Project Partner.
The owner’s brief was to design a house inspired by its indigenous surroundings, which is part of the recently established Sea Farm Private Nature Reserve.
The owners of this custom designed glass and concrete home have four children, and requested a contemporary mansion making provision for an informal lifestyle on a grand scale.
Located on one of the most difficult sites on the Greenstone Wildlife Estate in Barberton, Mpumalanga, this house was built in 2009 for the Estate's Developer and his wife, - a retired couple - with ample space for children and grandchildren to visit.
The clients requested a spacious modern house that expressed its appreciation for outdoor living. Situated in a private eco estate, it was crucial that the open plan glass and steel house lived out onto the garden. Consequently this custom design developed into a layout that encouraged such a lifestyle.
The street level entrance hall is a dramatic, triple volume vertical gallery like space and provides a counterpoint to the living spaces on the levels above. The main Living level is reached by stair or glass lift which also goes directly to the Master Bedroom suite located on the upper most level. This Master Bedroom floats over into the double volume Living space with a striking soft s-curve cantilever. It is screened off from the Living Room double volume by a set of adjustable walnut...
The clients asked us to design a simple but stylish garden in which they could relax and entertain their friends. It had to be accessible to the indoor entertainment and dining spaces to facilitate an easy flow outdoors on warm summer nights. The water feature adds to the feeling of tranquillity in the uncluttered garden that combines both hard and soft landscaping.
This site was a vacant lot on a very steep fall of land on the leeward side of the upper-most road of Fresnaye, above which no development is permitted. The natural banks of Lions Head adjoin this relatively small piece of land, of 572m2 in extent.
The site is positioned in the heart of Bantry Bay, on the slopes of Lion’s Head directly overlooking the bay with its beautiful rocks and crashing waves. Views towards the east are of the city lights of Sea Point and Robben Island in the distance.