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Granite House in Johannesburg
South African Residence: Modern Home – design by MMA Design Studio, Architects
9 Dec 2016
Granite House in Johannesburg
Design: MMA Design Studio Architects
The Granite House in Johannesburg
Location: 67 Westwold Way, Johannesburg
An encrusted cave for modern day Nomads in Johannesburg
Designed on an awkward 700m² residual site this modern 4 bedroom house is planned as a village around a central courtyard with multiple “situations” and living arrangements. The north and south wings are both autonomous with their own living and sleeping areas.
These can be reconfigured in various ways through sliding partitions to accommodate the changing needs of multi-adulted family. As in most African homesteads the kitchen and “Leifo” or hearth occupies the central position and is common to all.
The existing slope of the site is employed to re-create a landscape of caves as are found in the nearby hills at the Cradle of Humankind. This is achieved through several split levels and overlapping/overlooking spaces with cracks in the surfaces that allow in light, air and views of the immediate and distant context. Large glass openings foldaway to further enhance the cave-like inhabitation.
A simple palette of materials will allow the changing light over different seasons to be reflected on wall, floor and ceiling surfaces. Finishes are light industrial and borrow from the mining aesthetic of Johannesburg.
The house reduces energy use by relying on solar energy for heating water and generating electricity and natural gas for cooking and space heating. A vegetated roof and green walls are planned to contribute to bio-diversity and reduce the overall carbon footprint.
Granite House Johannesburg – Building Information
Project Title: “Granite House”
Client: Private owner
Architect: MMA Design Studio
Gross Floor area: 400 sq.m.
Location: Johannesburg South Africa
Project dates: 2013-16
Collaborators: Fellows Consulting, Consulting Civil and Structural Engineers.
Address: 67 WESTWOLD WAY JOHANNESBURG
Photo credits: Tristan McLaren Photography – http://www.tristanmclaren.com
Other participants (eg. collaborators, clients, consultants, etc): Fellows Consulting, Consulting Civil and Structural Engineers.
Brands / Products
1. Cemcrete http://cemcrete.co.za/
2. Infraset http://www.infraset.co.za/
3. Duravit www.duravit.co.za/
4. Grohe http://www.grohe.com/za/
5. legrande http://www.legrand.co.za/
Tyrolean plaster resembles granite and dolomitic rock
MMA DESIGN STUDIO
MMA Design Studio is a Johannesburg-based award-winning Architecture studio founded by owner and architect Mphethi Morojele as MMA Architects CC in 1995.
The studio provides professional services in architecture, urban regeneration, design, research and strategic thinking. Our focus is on the ability of design to respond to and enhance the historical and emerging African condition at all levels of human social, cultural, artistic and economic endeavors.
Through combining practice with teaching and research we aspire to exceed our client’s expectations by providing solutions that not only conform to the brief but can also be measured against the triple bottom line of social, economic and ecological sustainability.
Each project goes through a process of cultural, economic and locational diagnostics in order to provide a narrative framework for the organization of the client’s aspirations and programmatic requirements. We believe that through a transparent design process the constraints of time and cost are challenges that can positively influence the design process and design outcomes.
/ THOUGHT LEADERSHIP
We understand space-making, architecture and design to be intellectual and cultural pursuits that are at the core of society
We are bold and courageous in our pursuit of new relationships and unexpected linkages that enable technical, material and process innovation
/ EXCELLENCE, PASSION AND COMMITMENT
We are passionate about ideas, inspired by possibilities and committed to their realization through the highest forms of our art.
We believe BEAUTY IS TRUTH and always strive for honesty and transparency in all our relationships and processes
We place great value on empowering our clients, transforming society and on nurturing and developing talent
We are committed to reliability, continuity and open communication.
/ SOUTH AFRICAN COUNCIL OF THE ARCHITECTURAL PROFESSION
/ GAUTENG INSTITUE OF ARCHITECTS
/ SOUTH AFRICAN INSTITUTE OF ARCHITECTS
/ GREEN BUILDING COUNCIL OF SOUTH AFRICA
/ SOUTH AFRICAN PROPERTY OWNERS ASSOCIATION
/ AFRICAN UNION OF ARCHITECTS (UIA)
Granite House in Johannesburg images / information from MMA Design Studio Architects
Location: 67 Westwold Way, Johannesburg, South Africa
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