Location: Prince Albert, South Africa
Project Year: 2014
Cost: N/AThe desert house on the edge of the Great Karoo in South Africa meets the mountain and sky with an uneven profile that suggests its inherent flexibility. Internal spaces are differentiated by views and volume and allow heat to dissipate and wind to cool the house.
The day/night, light/dark character of the house is emphasized by the large glazed doors, which slide into rough-cast plaster walls, and small scattered openings, which allow shafts of light to penetrate into shadows, and follow the positions of stars in constellations visible from the upper roof terraces.
The house is designed to work according to passive solar principles. In the light and heat of summer the house can be shuttered, while in winter the large openings act as suncatchers.
The house with the mountains behind
Open shuttersMain bathroom Hallway with light through the shutters Hallway with light through the shutters Double height living space Kitchen and dining area The pool Terrace and garden A view from the under the pergola The pool A view of the house from the roof terrace The roof terrace The roof terrace with entrance to upper rooms A view from the roof terrace Double height living space Internal corridor Dining area with bookshelf A detail of the kitchen Picture window overlooking the garden A shaft of light entering into the double height living space