This private guest cottage is situated in a lush smallholding along the Vaal River in Vanderbjlpark south of Johannesburg. The building functions as garden pavilions, with open entertainment areas that also provide weekend accommodation. The building maximises the scenic surrounding by providing a complete visual connection between the interior spaces and the surrounding landscape.
The building consists of two parallel blocks set within the densely treed landscape. They are connected by a garden wall along their eastern facades, creating an intimate courtyard space. The illusion of being completely outside while the inside is enhanced by the use of frameless glazing on all sides as well as seamless external floor finishes. Bedroom suites feature open-plan bathrooms as well as an intimate television lounge. Laser-cut artworks by Willem Boshoff slide across the facade, providing an interesting and beautiful solution for adjustable privacy.
Southern African Institute of Steel Construction – Steel Awards 2008
Residential Category Winner
FSIA (Free State Institute for Architects) Award for Architecture 2011