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Architecture Design of House M

Description About The Project

House M designed by Elphick Proome Architects was to create a truly African home with a sensitive contextual integration into a large site. Hence, the choice is to position the building on the southern edge of the land with the master bedroom set on the Eastern edge of the house. This provides unfettered views to the Eastern valley, dramatic cliff faces and Northern aspect across the land. As a result, it is a family home which sits unobtrusively in its bushveld environment.

Especially, a love of the African bush drove the requirement for extensive outdoor connectivity, the selected materiality and interior furnishings. The brief was to provide a calm family living space, with modern African elements. In addition to this, the design achieved this through the application of simple, raw finishes in the off – shutter concrete elements, polished concrete floors, hardwood ceilings to soffits, and use of timber.

Also, of paramount importance was respect for the environment, with a particular directive to create a home that. Therefore, while large in scale, displayed a relatively understated architectural character. A large level garden to play cricket, a courtyard to promote tennis practice and a pool large enough for swimming training were sporting priorities. All living spaces are open, connect to Northern outdoor terraces, East facing elevated deck, pool and generous lawns. Besides, the central to the spatial development is the kitchen. It is the heart of the house, enjoying a pivotal double – volume space. Also, the master bedroom set on the Eastern edge of the house is separated from the children’s bedrooms and media space via a gallery and double – volume living space.

The Architecture Design Project Information:

House M, a Stunning Truly African Home by Elphick Proome Architects
Siting of the house sporting unfettered views to the verdant Reserve valley.
House M, a Stunning Truly African Home by Elphick Proome Architects
Sliding folding shutters on the upper level were generated on the basis of a passive climatic response.

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House M, a Stunning Truly African Home by Elphick Proome Architects

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The entrance and staircase to the upper level of House M.
House M, a Stunning Truly African Home by Elphick Proome Architects
Indeed, the living area enjoying a sophisticated, African feel, connection to the verandah and valley beyond.

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House M, a Stunning Truly African Home by Elphick Proome Architects
House M, a Stunning Truly African Home by Elphick Proome Architects

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House M, a Stunning Truly African Home by Elphick Proome Architects

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Text by the Architects: Relocation of a young family to the owner’s childhood community prompted our client to build a new house on a partially platformed site in Westville, Durban RSA. Besides, a substantial piece of land was procured with view to developing additional houses in the long term, offer stunning views of the Palmiet Nature Reserve and the opportunity for their children to walk to the local school. A productive engagement of the couple yielded an interesting brief accommodating a house, guest studio and ancillary accommodation.

Photo credit: Karl Beath Photography | 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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