location: Stellenbosch, Cape Town | architect: Kotlowitz Marais Architects / Understanding Design – Henk Marais | interior design: Understanding Design Interiors | interior décor: Dear Zania Interiors | photography: Weiland Gleich

To this end the house adopts a modern take on the classical Cape Dutch ‘H’ plan, and translates this format into continuously flowing and lifestyle enriching spaces that both enable ease of living and a seamless flow from interior to exterior.

The plan is further strongly delineated by north / south walls that are expressed to become strong and significant architectural elements, both on the façade as well as to the interior. The house is divided into two zones; the more public living / entertainment areas being on the ground floor, with access onto the garden through full-height sliding glass doors.

The centrally located kitchen creates a focus for the family to connect at the countertop dining facility, while enjoying visual contact with the river view / streetscape through a long horizontal window. A notable feature here is a glass-fronted wine cellar adjacent to the kitchen and close to the dining area.

For the full article see Habitat #253 May / June 2016