Clarens, eastern Free State
To design a small residence for a couple in the picturesque village of Clarens in the eastern Free State is a challenge, simply because one needs to do justice to the beauty of the natural surroundings as well as addressing the agricultural context. We designed the house with local materials and textures in mind, namely sandstone, red face brick and corrugated iron roofing. The footprint is small, but to anchor the building to the rather large site, we extended some walls and used the site slope to step the building accordingly. The staircase next to the entrance from south, reads as a silo, referencing the agricultural context. The main living space is a double volume, while the main bedroom is upstairs to take advantage of the stunning view towards the Maluti mountains.
Construction to start in 2022