Albizia House in Simbithi Eco Estate

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Albizia House in Simbithi Eco Estate

Modern Home in South Africa – design by Metropole Architects

6 Oct 2016

Albizia House

Design: Metropole Architects

Location: Simbithi Eco Estate, South Africa

Albizia House

Albizia House

The architects were commissioned to design a contemporary family home on a one acre site, situated at the end of a spur, in Simbithi Eco-Estate. The client’s brief called for a home with an overriding sense of simplicity but with a high degree of sophistication.

Albizia House

Albizia House

All the living areas and bedroom suites face onto a panoramic vista, which includes a dense forest downslope from the house.

Albizia House

Albizia House

Albizia House

The pallete of natural materials including timber screens, decking and cladding, offshutter concrete and stone cladding juxtapose with the aggressive architectural form making, creating a home that is not only visually and spatially exciting, but also comfortable and intimate.

Albizia House

Albizia House

Albizia House

The extensive use of water in the design of the home includes a 25 metre lap pool with a glass panel between the water and the basement rumpus room, and a shallow but expansive reflective pond on the approach side, which mirrors the building day and night, and evokes a sense of tranquility.

Albizia House

Albizia House

Being a family home, there was a need for as much flat lawn as possible. We managed to achieve 340 sqm of rectilinear flat lawn area, which is bookended by an outbuilding which will serve as an entertainment room or guest quarters.

Albizia House

Albizia House

Albizia House

The architectural style of the home is heavily influenced by the Googie architecture of the American architect John Lautner. The origin of the name Googie dates to 1949, when architect John Lautner designed the West Hollywood coffee shop, Googies, which had distinct architectural characteristics.

Albizia House

Albizia House

Googie architecture is a form of modern architecture, a subdivision of futurist architecture influenced by car culture, jets, the Space Age, and the Atomic Age. Features of Googie include upswept roofs, curvaceous, geometric shapes, and bold use of glass, steel and neon. Googie was also characterized by Space Age designs symbolic of motion. These stylistic conventions represented American society’s fascination with Space Age themes and marketing emphasis on futuristic designs.

Albizia House

The school later became widely known as part of the Mid-Century modern style, elements of which represent the populuxe aesthetic, as in Eero Saarinen’s TWA Flight Center.

Albizia House

Albizia House – Building Information

Architects: Metropole Architects
Design Architect: Nigel Tarboton
Project Architect: Tyrone Reardon
Project Technician: Chris Laird

Structural Engineers: Young & Satharia
Design Engineer: Rob Young
Structural Technician: Terry Schubach

Interior Designers: Union 3
Clifton Smithers

Albizia House

Albizia House

Main Contractor: East Coast Construction
Principal: Justin Rosewarne
Project Manager: Benno Terblanche
Site Foreman: Tony Moodley

Site Area: 4360 sqm
Building Area: 1000 sqm
Building cost: 15 million (ZAR)
Completetion: September 2013

Albizia House

Photographer: Grant Pitcher

Albizia House in Simbithi Eco Estate images / information from Metropole Architects

Location: Simbithi Eco Estate, South Africa




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