This residential project has aptly been named Simbithi Eco Estate Villa due to the size and location of the house.
Project Type: Single Residential Architecture
Architectural Style: Contemporary House
Location: Simbithi Eco Estate, Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa
Located on a steep site set in Simbithi Eco Estate, the contemporary home finds its design inspiration through its response to its context and local climate.
Architectural challenges include the orientation of the house and providing methods of allowing sunlight for natural lighting and passive heating. Other design challenges are the site’s steep slope (1:2) and providing access to the house from the street above. Due to the steep slope, the home is set at three terraced levels, each connected by means of a triple volume light well. The light well hosts the vertical circulation between the levels of the house. It also provides the much needed Northern light for the spaces as well as creating the threshold into the home. The mono-pitch roof allows for clerestory windows at the uppermost level, thus further allowing northern light to penetrate into the spaces below. Expansive glass sliding doors blur the transition between interior spaces and exterior views while concrete cantilevers and deep verandas’ provide sheltered spaces for entertainment. The open plan interior layout gives precedence to the breathtaking views over the Simbithi Eco Estate Golf course. Vistas of the surrounds change with each level of this contemporary home. Sustainable design strategies has been part of the project from its conceptual stage. This includes rainwater harvesting by means of stormwater attenuation tanks on various levels. These tanks also assist with the stormwater control of the steep site. Double glazed windows and sun shading devices assist in the control of heat gain and sun control throughout the house.
Simbithi Eco Estate Villa Introduction