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Architecture Design of House F

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House F designed by Elphick Proome Architects that set in the pristine bush landscape of the Karkloof. Indeed, this private residence exudes the spirit of the place. A collection of generously spread pavilions and courtyards translates into an architecture which connects isotropically with the landscape and displays a simple, honest resourcefulness and humility. Also, with a fine crafted quality, its raw materiality creates an architectonic of serenity and purposeful understatedness.

The overriding design intention exhibits an entirely African contextual response and architectural disappearance into the landscape. The series of pavilions that fragment to blend into the hillside inform the idea of overt horizontality in a stratified topography and precipitate the application of flat roofs. On the other hand, the client’s required a five bedroom home, open plan living space, special wine cellar, workspace, staff rooms, garaging and service facilities. As a result, an arrangement of three simple rectangular pavilions set over two levels.

In addition to this, the lower two pavilions, accommodate living spaces on the West. And sleeping spaces on the East and are separated by a generous courtyard with a swimming pool and walkway. Besides, the pool terrace is a central and pivotal feature of the design with engagement upon entry, connects directly to the to the living area and serves as the circulation nexus of the house.

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House F, Architecture Blend in with Nature by Elphick Proome Architects
Externally, a limited palette of materials responding to this philosophy delivers a rich and warm quality with the offshutter contrasted by balau hardwood. Also, rough hewn sandstone, dark metal work and highlighted with the rust patina of Corten steel.

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House F, Architecture Blend in with Nature by Elphick Proome Architects
House F, Architecture Blend in with Nature by Elphick Proome Architects

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House F, Architecture Blend in with Nature by Elphick Proome Architects
House F, Architecture Blend in with Nature by Elphick Proome Architects

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House F, Architecture Blend in with Nature by Elphick Proome Architects
House F, Architecture Blend in with Nature by Elphick Proome Architects
Indeed, the natural landscape is brought into the linear courtyards, manage the slope differential between the pavilions of this House F.

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House F, Architecture Blend in with Nature by Elphick Proome Architects
House F conceived to promote and amplify the spatial and experiential connection between inside and outside and is enhanced by the remote location and singularity of the building.

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House F, Architecture Blend in with Nature by Elphick Proome Architects
House F, Architecture Blend in with Nature by Elphick Proome Architects

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House F, Architecture Blend in with Nature by Elphick Proome Architects

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House F, Architecture Blend in with Nature by Elphick Proome Architects

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House F, Architecture Blend in with Nature by Elphick Proome Architects
House F, Architecture Blend in with Nature by Elphick Proome Architects

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House F, Architecture Blend in with Nature by Elphick Proome Architects
A number of feature elements such as the sculpted entry stair, slider outrigger and linear roof planters serve to animate the simple formal assembly introducing elements of focus and surprise.

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House F, Architecture Blend in with Nature by Elphick Proome Architects

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House F, Architecture Blend in with Nature by Elphick Proome Architects
House F, Architecture Blend in with Nature by Elphick Proome Architects

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House F, Architecture Blend in with Nature by Elphick Proome Architects
House F, Architecture Blend in with Nature by Elphick Proome Architects

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House F, Architecture Blend in with Nature by Elphick Proome Architects
The plan of House F.

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House F, Architecture Blend in with Nature by Elphick Proome Architects

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House F, Architecture Blend in with Nature by Elphick Proome Architects

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House F, Architecture Blend in with Nature by Elphick Proome Architects
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House F, Architecture Blend in with Nature by Elphick Proome Architects

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Text by the Architects: With global business interests and homes in China and Europe, our discerning world citizen clients spend six months of the year in South Africa to immerse themselves in an isolated bush environment. Mahathunzi enjoys a beautiful, varied landscape with savannah, bushy escarpments, and steep rocky outcrops. Their chosen site is set below a prominent rocky outcrop on the highest extremity of the reserve boasting magnificent panoramic views from the House F.

Photo credit: Karl Beath | Source: Elphick Proome Architects

For more information about this project; please contact the Architecture firm :
– Add: Umhlanga Ridge, Westville, 4319, South Africa
– Tel: +27 31 275 5800
– Email: [email protected]

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