Granite House in Johannesburg, South Africa

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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

2013 -16

An encrusted cave for modern day Nomads in Johannesburg

Granite House 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.

Granite House in Johannesburg

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.

Granite House in Johannesburg

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.

Granite House in Johannesburg

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.

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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.

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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
Status: Built
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.

Granite House in Johannesburg

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/

Product Description:

Tyrolean plaster resembles granite and dolomitic rock

Granite House in Johannesburg

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.

Granite House in Johannesburg

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.

Granite House in Johannesburg

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.

Granite House in Johannesburg

Granite House in Johannesburg

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.

Granite House in Johannesburg

CORE VALUES

/ THOUGHT LEADERSHIP
We understand space-making, architecture and design to be intellectual and cultural pursuits that are at the core of society
/ INNOVATION
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.
/ INTEGRITY
We believe BEAUTY IS TRUTH and always strive for honesty and transparency in all our relationships and processes
/ DEVELOPMENTAL
We place great value on empowering our clients, transforming society and on nurturing and developing talent
/ PROFESSIONALISM
We are committed to reliability, continuity and open communication.

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AFFILIATIONS
/ 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

Granite House in Johannesburg

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