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. Challenges, include the orientation of the house and providing methods of allowing sunlight for natural lighting and passive heating. Other design challenges are the 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, which hosts the vertical circulation between the levels, also provides the much-needed Northern light for the spaces, as well as the threshold into the home. The mono-pitch roof also allows for clerestory windows at the uppermost level, thus further allowing northern light to penetrate into the space below. Expansive glass sliding doors blur the transition between interior spaces and exterior views while concrete cantilevers and deep verandas provide sheltered spaces. The open plan interior of the contemporary home gives precedence to the breath-taking views over the Simbithi Eco Estate Golf course. Vistas change with each level of the home.
Sustainable design strategies include rainwater harvesting by means of stormwater attenuation tanks which 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. The need for imported fill is to be offset against equal cut and fill.
Location: Simbithi Eco Esate, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa
Size: 650 m2