“The beautiful seamless Cemcrete floors throughout the house really give the home its sense of uniqueness, they are the ‘language’ of the home, without which the home would just be another house.”
Andrew Payne from Drew Architects
What was the brief given to you before starting the project?
The clients brief was simple, “we love the bush and what it is to be away staying in a bush lodge, but we need a home in Johannesburg which must also be modern, warm and practical – a place in which to comfortably raise our family”. We discussed what it is to be away in the bush and what typifies our experience of the bush thereafter the cornerstones to the vision for the home were agreed:- it would be simple
– it would be intimately connected to nature from every room
– it would be filled with natural light
– it would be filled with natural materials and contrasting textures
– it would be single storey
How would you describe the style of the home?
As architects, but also proud South Africans who also love the bush, our vision to create a home which imbued a real sense of what it is to being away in the bushveld: in the way the home is experienced; in the planning and circulation within the home; in the materiality of the home; in the way light is brought into the home; and the dialogue between architecture and landscape, man and nature. A characteristic of Drew Architects buildings is that they generate interest and impact by offering a collection of different, experiences rather than a one-dimensional approach. Planning of the home structured around a series of large mass dry-packed stone walls, treated as if almost already pre-existing on the site. Our approach was to then lightly ‘clip’ our collection of light mono-pitch steel pavilion buildings to these natural stone walls based on their function thereby creating a series of different experiences and a series of gardens and courtyards each with their own privacy and sense of identity. The sense it that each component of the home almost has its own identity and ownership to its own piece of nature beyond the large glass doors and windows. The connecting spaces are intentionally mostly glazed flat concrete roof ‘boxes’ which intimately connect one with nature and increase the sense that one is leaving one part of the home and journeying to another as one would move on winding timber decking under a canopy of thorn trees and African sky between suite and main social space in any luxury bush lodge experience.
Andrew Payne from Drew Architects
The Colour Hardener Cobble Milk floor finish flows into the bedrooms and bathrooms, right into the shower with a door leading into the garden. For the fireplace surrounds dividing the main bedroom and bathroom (as well as the lounge and dining area) Cemcrete‘s CemWash in the colour Slate was used. CemWash is a brush-on interior and exterior wall coating that creates a uniquely rough textured finish.
We would like to congratulate the applicators of the Cemcrete finishes, Viv-Lovell Harris from Cherubinos (powered by Stuart Wolfendale’s team), and the architect of the home, Drew Architects, for winning the Cemcrete Joburg Project of the Year 2015 and thank you to all the entries received.Let us know what you think of the winning modern bushveld family home in the comments section below.