Grant Pitcher

The Reserve House in South Africa BY Metropole Architects

The Reserve House is an exquisite 5 bedroom house covering 650 sqm on a 1741 sqm site along the coastal South African province of Kwa Zulu Natal.

Designed by SA-based Metropole Architects, the home is a fine example of contemporary tropical architecture fused with very modernist styles and themes. Large overhangs, textured materials, and awe-inspiring views from the cantilevered pool make for a unique and fulfilling experience in the reserve house. With the site facilitating a wide ocean frontage, the design was able to respond with a “Wingspread” type architecture that appears to float over the indigenous dune vegetation, taking full advantage of the panoramic beach and sea views.

The Reserve house is a fusion of Tropical Modern Architecture with a number of bold Futurist elements, including a 4.3m high angled off-shutter concrete wall that penetrates through the entrance hall, a splayed “T” shaped feature concrete column that supports a significant cantilevered top storey, and up-swept cantilever pools that project out towards the ocean, which all combine to evoke the impression of movement.

The vibrant and eclectic interior spaces exhibit a rich and high-energy fusion of Mid-Century Modern and Industrial design styles that complement the architecture.


You can read a more detailed analysis about the brief and more about the project here, and view a lot more images on the metropole architects website.

    • Architects: Metropole Architects
    • Location: Forestwood St, Dolphin Coast, Kwa Zulu Natal, South Africa
    • Interior Décor: Metropole Architects
    • Manufacturers: Audico, GT Alumnium, Timbertrends
    • Main Contractor: Greg Frizelle – Frizelle Contracting
    • Structural Engineers: Davies Lister-James Engineers
    • Timber Detailing: Timber Trends
    • Landscape Implementation: Tongaat Plants
  • Photographer: Grant Pitcher
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