location: Hawaan Estate, Umhlanga, KZN | architecture: Kevin Lloyd Architects | contractor / property developer: Extra Dimensions Property Group | interior design: Extra Dimensions Property Group in collaboration with Andy Malcomess – AMIA and Charnre Toweel | photography: Grant Pitcher

Originally this was indigenous coastal forest before being planted with sugar cane by the large sugar estates. This rolling land was later purchased by the Durban Country Club for a future golf course, but was subsequently sold to Hawaan Investments, who developed it as an exclusive ‘limited edition’ residential estate consisting of two phases with a restricted number of plots.

Says Kevin Lloyd: ‘Our client purchased the house site first and then later, after deciding he needed more garden area, opted to secure the site in front when it became available. This client is involved in property and he wanted a contemporary house in keeping with the well-established architectural signature of his existing developments.

‘The direction here was for strong primarily horizontal lines with key vertical accents. This was achieved with a mix of materials that include: applied balu timber, stone cladding, large frameless glass fenestration and marbleised epoxy plaster for walls. The site development allowances were used to the full extent and to the advantage of the architecture with a view of the ocean being a primary objective. Contemporary South American architecture with dramatic spans and cantilevers influenced the overall design.’

The architect adds: ‘The prerequisite was for a design that would make a statement within the parameters of the Estate Architectural Guidelines. This was to be a family home with an open plan master bedroom suite consisting of en suite dressing and bathroom area. Added to this was a screened private TV lounge off the bedroom, plus a balcony.’

For the full article see Habitat #255 September / October 2016