The main point to ponder upon arises when you have to design the houses situated near a very beautiful landscape. You need to ensure the fact that the house has its own beauty and does not need the help of the natural surroundings to increase its beauty.
In Pezula Private Estates located just outside Knysna in the country of South Africa has a lot of private homes and family houses which are a perfect example of this kind of beauty.
A lot of architects who were from the organization StefanAntoniOlmesdahlTruen Architects (SAOTA), helped in making sure that these houses remain the perfect example exotic homes near beautiful landscapes.
The children’s bedrooms, visible in this image, keep true to the emphasis of views and glass, but feature heavy privacy curtains, allowing them to escape into their own private chambers whenever necessary.
The interior design, of course, is understated but should not be overlooked. The design team of Mark Rielly and Tavia Pharaoh, out of Antonia Associates, used a starkly minimalist style. Many of the pieces are sparse, which serves to emphasize the stunning architectural spaces. For a unique space like this, it should come as no surprise that many of the furnishings are bespoke.
The sun was a major concern when working on this project. A solar assessment allowed the architects to determine how best to situate and build the house to minimize the negative effect of direct sunlight. The final results include a sunscreened glass panel as well as a wooden screen across the large overhead skylight.
For this screen, as well as the rest of the home, materials were chosen with great care and not only for their look and durability. Materials such as off-shutter concrete, Rheinzink roofing, timber cladding, and stone were specifically chosen for the way in which they will be able to age gracefully and fade into the landscape as the house stands for many years.
Photographs: SAOTA, John Devonport & Micky Hoyle courtesy of VISI