This house is interesting because it occupies two worlds. As it is situated in the Winelands Residential Estate it had to comply with the Provençal style architecture that the estate adheres to. Our client wanted a contemporary home however.
We decided to use the fall of the site, which slopes away from the internal road to achieve two experiential and living planes. One at street level and one underground on the street side, but open to the valley to the South. The upper is Provençal and the lower is contemporary. The two worlds are connected by a glass lift in a stone vestibule that opens onto an indoor planted courtyard and a lily pond on the lower level.
We placed the foyer and two children’s bedrooms on the street level and used the Provençal style to address the street, but the main house and the 300m2 garage were placed under ground (a slab with gardens and a solar plant on top). We cut holes in the slab to let light into the gardens and pools on the lower level around which the main living spaces gather. Two worlds in one with nature and light as the main features.
If you are interested to see how it turned out watch the video below.
By Andrew Horne (Managing Director)