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.
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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