The property was bought as a weekender with the intention of building a new house with enough room for their family to grow and enjoy through the generations. The clients had also sought a south facin...
The property was bought as a weekender with the intention of building a new house with enough room for their family to grow and enjoy through the generations. The clients had also sought a south facing site due to one of them having a particular sensitivity to direct sunlight. The initial brief for the house was for a simple rectangular box with symmetrical spaces.
The objective being for the creation of order and symmetry to simplify ones life. In addition to this there was to be no direct harsh light into the house; just a natural glow of light throughout.
We convinced the clients that by breaking up this rectangular boxed plan we could create more interesting spaces that offered the order and quiet the client desired but also created a dynamic building which also offered surprising little retreats such as the window seat next to the fireplace.
By responding to the natural fall of the land we created two levels to the building with three distinct zones, the effect being a long, low presence on the landscape. The ‘Plane’ tree outside the master bedroom to the south determined the planning and position of the house. The master bedroom was centered off this tree and the house and its zones extend to the west from here.
The parents zone to the east, consists of a master bedroom, walk in robe, ensuite, and study space. The study can be accessed directly from outside and also has it’s own private view to the north of the property. The central zone of the house is the main living, dining, kitchen area, and includes the entrance to the house. In response to the brief of ensuring plenty of natural light without any harsh direct Northern or Western sun into the main living areas, an eave was designed which shades thin long high level windows above the dining and the living areas.
Strategically placed skylights and glass windows assist in the constant glow this house is being bathed in. i.e.; the skylights over the kitchen bench and front door windows ensure that the central zone is bathed in beautiful light from sunrise to sunset.
The kitchen consists of two parts – A front kitchen with a large island bench constructed of hand made tiles, and a more utilitarian rear butler’s kitchen made from stainless steel. There is also a guest bedroom, ensuite, and powder room in this zone.
A large outdoor terrace was created without balustrading so as to not interrupt the spectacular views. An outdoor fire and wood store allow for the living space to be
moved outside all through the year. The steps leading to the grassed area were broken up and doubled up to allow for lounging around. Large cushions are often placed on the steps to lie there in the sun on good days.