The original family house is situated next to a beautiful public park on the east which opens up the suburban fabric to allow views of the Stellenbosch mountains and Jonkershoek mountains. A popular route to the Eersterivier passes by with access to an abundance of trails for mountain bikers and dog walkers alike.
Because the house sits on a small corner plot, the plan shape was square which didn’t allow for much light to penetrate the center of the house. Some of the original walls were maintained and the original footprint stayed the same. The new addition is made up almost entirely of timber.
The square plan is covered by a corrugated pyramid shaped roof which articulates the main and most important spaces underneath, the family spaces. This primary shape is surrounded by secondary lean-to roofs which covers a traditional “stoep” that changes into solariums at strategic places. The openable solariums, located on the south eastern and north western corners, provide an extra layer of privacy while heating the spaces during the winter months.
Inside this corrugated iron and glass shell, a warm atmosphere was created with the use of Siberian spruce columns, beams and ceiling boards. On the park’s side, the pedestrian entrance opens up to the main, open plan family space which includes the lounge, dining areas and central kitchen. Upstairs, the master bedroom looks down the double volume space to the living area below. This double volume is flooded with light from above where the pyramid roof was sliced open to allow views of the mountains from the master bedroom.
The rest of the rooms, on the western side of the house, were designed to allow for future subdividing into studio apartments, providing for adaptability for a changing family.