The existing house on this property was situated midway down the steep slope between Nettleton Road above and Kloof Road below. The original brief from the developer client called for the effective use of the existing structure as far as possible to minimize cost and to maximize efficiency. It was the developer’s intention to sell the project ‘off-plan’.
This strategy proved successful and soon a buyer had concluded the deal and the overall design strategy changed. It was no longer a speculative venture for the developer but now a bespoke residence for a family of four who had relocated from Durban
The new owners elected to stay with the overall concept and architectural language of modern, clean lines. The brief was extended to accommodate the more specific needs of the family.
While the accommodation is spread effortlessly across three levels, all the primary accommodation, included living spaces and bedroom areas are concentrated on the top 2 levels allowing the family the ease and convenience of just one flight of stairs. Ancillary accommodation such as the home office, wine-cellar and guest accommodation are situated on the bottom level and this level is kept subtly secluded. The garden and pool is designed as an extension of the main living spaces and the indoor-outdoor flow is seamless. Views are captured from almost every room in the house
Materials were kept to a minimum and include White Painted Plaster, Walnut Timber and Aluminum. In the only departure from this neutral palette, a dramatic stone clad wall that supports and defines the vertical circulation spine winds down the center of the house, giving structure and clarity to the overall organisation.
Thus, although the house is close to 1000sm of internal area, the overall experience is one of intimacy, ease of movement and a close connection with the beautiful surroundings.