BIKITSHA RESIDENCE

2015-2018, Monaghan Farm Estate, Lanseria, PTA, South Africa
Area: 775m²
Project Team: Nadine Naidoo, Aeron Stipanov, Emma Hurst, Deandra Farinha, Evelyn Boora
Contractors: Urban Creations
Interiors: Sophistique Interiors
Landscaping: Peaceful Scapes
Joinery: Woodworkx
Photo credit: SA Home Owner

 

Designed as an entertainer’s home, perched high on a North-facing slope within the Monaghan Farm Estate, this house sought to optimise orientation, view and privacy, while responding to the required accommodation schedule. The brief called for a sustainable home that could operate on harvested rainwater and generate its own electricity, whilst being thermally efficient.

The resulting layout is a North facing, U-shaped courtyard house. The bedroom wing creates a private courtyard off of the living spaces, containing an Arbor off the kitchen and a large lawn for kids play. This space flows down to a swimming pool on the lower level, adjacent to the patio. By making use of a U-shaped, courtyard design, privacy for both the bedrooms and living spaces is obtained, whilst making the most of expansive views across the estate.