Detached Houses Interiors

Albizia House / Metropole Architects

  • Architect:Metropole Architects
  • Location:Simbithi Eco-Estate, South Africa
  • Date:2013
  • Area:4,360 sqm (Site Area) - 1,000 sqm (Building Area)

 

© Grant Pitcher
© Grant Pitcher

Description from the architects. We were commissioned to design a contemporary family home on a one-acre site, situated at the end of a spur, in Simbithi Eco-Estate. The client’s brief called for a home with an overriding sense of simplicity but with a high degree of sophistication.

© Grant Pitcher
© Grant Pitcher

All the living areas and bedroom suites face onto a panoramic vista, which includes a dense forest down-slope from the house.

© Grant Pitcher
© Grant Pitcher

The palette of natural materials including timber screens, decking and cladding, off-shutter concrete and stone cladding juxtapose with the aggressive architectural form making, creating a home that is not only visually and spatially exciting, but also comfortable and intimate.

© Grant Pitcher
© Grant Pitcher

The extensive use of water in the design of the home includes a 25 metre lap pool with a glass panel between the water and the basement cinema room, and a shallow but expansive reflective pond on the approach side, which mirrors the building day and night, and evokes a sense of tranquility.

© Grant Pitcher
© Grant Pitcher

The architectural style of the home is heavily influenced by the ‘Googie’ architecture of the American architect John Lautner. The origin of the name ‘Googie’ dates to 1949, when architect John Lautner designed the West Hollywood coffee shop, ‘Googies’, which had distinct architectural characteristics.

© Grant Pitcher
© Grant Pitcher

‘Googie’ architecture is a form of modern architecture and a subdivision of futurist architecture with stylistic conventions influenced by, and representing 50’s American society’s fascination and marketing emphasis on futuristic design, car culture, jets, the Space Age, and the Atomic Age.

© Grant Pitcher
© Grant Pitcher

‘Googie’ was also characterized by design forms symbolic of motion, including upswept roofs, curvaceous geometric shapes, and the bold use of glass, steel and neon, the spirit of which is embodied in Albizia House.

© Grant Pitcher
© Grant Pitcher

 

MORE CREDITSPhotographs: Grant PitcherDesign Architect: Nigel Tarboton. Project Architect: Tyrone Reardon. Project Technician: Chris Laird. Structural Engineers: Young & SathariaDesign Engineer: Rob Young. Structural Technician: Terry Schubach. Interior Designers: Union 3, Clifton Smithers. Main Contractor: East Coast Construction. Principal: Justin Rosewarne. Project Manager: Benno Terblanche. Site Foreman: Tony Moodley.

 

 

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