This house was designed as 1 of 6 show houses for the Developers of Serengeti Golf & Wildlife Estate to illustrate the luxurious lifestyle the Estate has to offer. It has a distinctive contemporary lodge feel and was designed to fan out towards the expansive views.
In the design of the house, 'view' and the experience thereof are used as main form giving concepts. On plan the house fans out from the point of entry towards the expansive views of the golf course, dam and future forest plantation. The full-length lap pool extend one's view from the entrance foyer into the landscape. Walls are articulated as free standing elements defined by contrasting textures. Earthy textures and colors dominates throughout, connecting house with landscape. Frameless glass is used for unobstructed views and seamless transitions between indoors and outdoors. The house is divided into two wings; and entertainment / living wing and a bedroom wing.
The entertainment / living wing is largely double volume and houses the lounge, dining, tv room and study areas. The kitchen and its amenities are inserted as a floating timber box into the living area. Its bright red interior is used as focal point to contrast against the otherwise natural palette, and emphasizes its function as both center point and connection element between the separate living areas. Three chimneys serve as support structure for the roof of the entertainment / living areas. Frameless clerstorey windows in both wings visually detach the roofs from the walls and let them hover freely above the house as protective cover. The western sun is controlled throughout by a combination of sliding sun screens and automated solar blinds.
The bedroom wing consist of five en-suite bedrooms, all with walk-in dressers. The two Main Suites feature state of the art bathrooms complete with outdoor showers, outdoor decks and magnificent views. Red is repeated as focal color in these two bathrooms.
The interior furnishing, in keeping with the modernist interpretation of the architecture, are restricted to minimalist but striking pieces. The light colored neutral colour scheme compliments the darker earthy colours of the house and the retro-style furniture adds a stylish playfulness to the setting. Pieces were chosen for their comfort, design, colors and textures. Striking artworks in black and white by artist Antoinette Mitchell provide graphic yet subtle contrast to their earthy and dark wall colours.
Photos by David Ross & Thomas Gouws