2010 HOUSE OF THE YEAR FINALIST FOR HOUSE AND LEISURE MAGAZINE
The long, narrow rectangular site is situated between the very busy Westcliff drive and a service lane in Parkview, Johannesburg.
The brief called for a contemporary home and granny flat/studio which are connected but function as two separate entities. Formalistically this resulted in a series of blocks placed strategically over the full length of the site giving the main house access from Westcliff drive while the granny flat/studio is accessed from the service lane.
The private spaces (bedrooms, service areas) are contained in these blocks, while the entertaining and living spaces are created by the voids inbetween. The house is articulated by this play of solid and void, creating a dramatic easthetic of floating boxes and planes. In the living areas boundaries between inside and outside are intentionally blurred to connect house and site optimally.
Different vertical and horisontal timber screens provide sunprotection and various degrees of privacy. A continous water element, consisting of fish ponds & swimming pools flowing seamlessly together, wraps around the house and contains the outdoor living areas.
Visual and physical relationship to this element is used as connective device throughout the house.
Photos by Thomas Gouws, David Ross, Antoinette Mitchell