George, Western Cape, South Africa
The House is situated in a remarkable setting overlooking a beautiful stretch of unspoilt forested coast. A vertical forest of timber columns extends from the steeply sloping ground to support a series of raised wooden decks facing the Indian Ocean.
A cluster of tiled mono-pitched roofs clearly articulates the volume of each space. The exposed roof structure reinforces the strong Ndebele inspired diagonal geometry heightening the drama of the views to the ocean. The interior fragments at the periphery to incorporate a fringe of external decks, dissolving the boundary between inside and out.
The living area is treated as a single volume, the roof sloping to create space for bed deck mezzanines, allowing for many combinations of sleeping arrangements. Subtle changes in levels of the floors and ceilings, ensures that spaces are well defined yet have a strong vertical and horizontal continuity.
The house creates a unique environment that reconciles abstract architectural ideas with the need for ordinary, everyday living.