Architecture Design of Albizia House
Description About The Project
Albizia House designed by Metropole Architects is a family home in the providence of KwaZulu Natal, South Africa, entwining simplicity and sophistication in a harmoniously way. Completed in 2013, the design of this home inspired by the futurist “Googie” architectural style of the late 1940s. The architectural style of the home is heavily influenced by the ‘Googie Architecture’ of the American architect John Lautner. ‘Googie’ was also characterized by design forms symbolic of motion. Include upswept roofs, curvaceous geometric shapes, and the bold use of glass, steel and neon, the spirit of which is embodied in Albizia House.
The home located on a great position in the site and with a huge volume. These two attributes being the ground work of a great object of architecture. The home developed on a horizontal plane offer expansive views from a huge set of perspective points. In addition to this, all the living areas and bedroom suites face onto a panoramic vista, which includes a dense forest down – slope from the house. Besides, the palette of natural materials include timber screens, decking and cladding, off shutter concrete and stone cladding juxtapose with the aggressive architectural form making. Then, create a home that is not only visually and spatially exciting. But also comfortable and intimate.
On the other hand, the extensive use of water in the design of the home includes a 25 meter 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.
The Architecture Design Project Information:
- Project Name: Albizia House
- Location: Simbithi Eco Estate, South Africa
- Project Year: 2013
- Area: 1000 m²
- Designed by: Metropole Architects
The Albizia House Gallery:
Text by the Architects: We commissioned to design a modern 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.
Photo credit: Grant Pitcher| Source: Metropole Architects
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