These clients developed neighboring stands in Waterfall Country Village, Midrand. The twin sisters have no boundary wall separating their stands. They both live out onto the dam and towards each other with several layers of privacy surrounding the cohabitation spaces. Each with their own unique taste they approached Studious Architects to design their individual yet connecting homes.
The architecture lends itself to primary shapes and colours of the client’s eclectic taste. The shed shaped approach contains the double volume entrance foyer gate that follows the shape of the shed and lets light through its structure to invite arrival. The foyer enters into the office which has a hydraulic elevator to the mentis grid mezzanine library. The two wings are split by the passage and stair node. When walking through this tunnelled access area a full panoramic view of the dam is opened up when reaching the living space. The Kitchen dining and lounge all live out towards the dam with a concrete deck cantilevering over the grasses.
The elevation overlooking the dam is an apparent concrete rectangle erected by a glass and steel structure below it. This was in turn softened by an arrangement of more rectangles with oval cut-outs. The Nutec waterjet cut screens create privacy on the first-floor main bedroom suite and when hydraulically switched on, fold open to cover the deck area and become a shading device.
The essence of the design aimed to factor in both the context and brief to create an individual, functional creative space.