Project Team: Nadine Naidoo, Emma Hurst, Deandra Fieandero
The Concept for Mdwaba’s view was driven by a beautiful narrative. The client growing up in the Eastern Cape, a province of South Africa, with wide open spaces, mountains and views.
The client purchased the stand located on a Northern slope of the Monaghan Farm development as it offered his children a glimpse of his childhood experience, due to its panoramic mountain views and wide open spaces.
With this beautiful narrative to work with, the brief was to creat a modern, sustainable, family home maximizing the wide open spaces and views offered by Monaghan Farm. The result is a North facing home, on multiple levels, with public areas of the home located to the West – closer to the road – and private areas located to the Eastern, more private portion of the site.
In order to create a sustainable home the entire home is North facing. Cavity walls, shading, cross ventilation and double glazing are used throughout. Solar geysers produce hot water and reticulation is in place for PV panels in the future. Along with thermal gain during the day, hydronic underfloor heating is used in bedrooms and wood burning stoves heat living areas. Evaporative cooling is employed in the bedroom wing, while living areas have ample shading and have large openings that allow for cross ventilation, with cool South facing courtyards. In addition rainwater from most roof surfaces is harvested for use.