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Haus Wustenruhe, Kalahari Desert

The Kalahari Desert is an arid region in Southern Africa. A couple approached us to design their new house and guest bedrooms on the Orange River. The challenge was to address the severe heat of the area and we included court yards, thick walls, wind catchers, adjustable louvres, green roofs and rammed earth walls to address this. These functional climatic elements already gave the complex a sense of belonging in the desert, but we also used elements and colours of the surrounding agricultural context to connect it to the place.  

Renderings: Jan Smit

Construction: Domani Construction

Engineers: Bvi 

Quantity Surveyors: DL QS (Jaco vd Merwe)

Starting date: 17 January 2022