MOUNTAIN HOUSE

Perched on the Northern slopes of Glencairn, this compact family home enjoys extraordinary mountain views. The building follows the contours of the steeply sloping site and nestles itself into the hillside. By sloping the roof in line with the landscape, the building stays connected to its site and reads as a modest single story from the street level. The geometry of the plan was inspired by well-known projects by Adel and Antonio de Souza Santos in and around Cape Town in the 1970’s.

Each North east facing window creates an open corner towards the view, fusing the interior and exterior. Optimal orientation, insulation, a masonry chimney and carefully designed overhangs ensure a comfortable temperature throughout the year, eliminating the need for additional heating and cooling.

Location: Glencairn, Simonstown

Type: Residential

Size: 200 m2

Status: In planning

Design Team: Bettina Woodward, Jaco Forrer & Valerie Lehabe

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