SAOTA – Stefan Antoni Olmesdahl Truen Architects in collaboration with Three 14 Architects have completed the design for Glen 2961 House, a modern residence located in Cape Town, South Africa. According to the architects, the new house had to “respond to the site and garden closely, to allow enough space for the family’s diverse requirements – whilst create separate private spaces within the house, and respond to the fierce winds which seasonally hurtle down Table Mountain yet provide a relaxed, homely character“.
A perfect indoor/outdoor connection was achieved by the project team: “To amplify the sense of openness of the rooms and the gardens, the living rooms have large openings of sliding aluminum doors.The kitchen remains the focus of the first floor area, and the main outdoor terrace is a generous layout with outdoor sitting and dining areas. The upper level of the house – to which one approaches on arrival at the property – accommodates 4 en-suite bedrooms with good views and a large study / library area. The garage screens the courtyards from the street“. Seamlessly connecting to the garden and terraces, all the interiors exude freshness and energy-have a look!
Energy during the construction process was saved by using FSC-certified glulam timber instead of steel to create the building’s distinctive wavy roof, while the store’s external walls use hemclad, a highly innovative insulator made from hemp, which, like all plants, absorbs CO2 from the atmosphere as it grows. An 80,000 litre water tank below ground provides water for the store’s toilets and waters the site’s green wall’, which provides natural insulation, acts as an all-natural pollution filter near the car park, and helps to encourage biodiversity. The result is a building that uses a fraction of the energy of structures of a similar size, and is still very popular with local shoppers.
Inside the school, a wall made of cross-laminated timber separates classrooms from the main corridor, providing a space for storage and study. With very little to work with, the architects have managed to create a building that is much more than just the sum of all of its parts