Clean architectural lines with a warmth and Zen like ambiance. The clients requested that we create a dream house for their site in the Zimbali forest estate. Several bodies of water, including Koi ponds, water features and a rimflow swimming pool appear to coalesce into one, and flow through the house and out into the forest.
The stacked roof is fragmented and linked with flat roof slabs, in correspondence to the spatial arrangement of the rooms below, which both scales and articulates the massing of the house. The main bedroom suite cantilevers six metres over the patio below, providing protection from the weather, as well as “wow” factor.
Large amounts of glazing optimize views of the indigenous bush that encapsulates the house, and together with the palette of raw materials including natural timber, off shutter concrete, water and natural stone cladding, offset the clean architectural lines with a warmth and Zen like ambiance.
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Zimbali Forest Estate, South Africa
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As a practice, we at Metropole Architects, are inspired by the energy of the city, as it unceasingly moves, radiates and evolves like a vast living organism. We aim to generate design that stakes out new territory, and explore ideas that are intuitive, inventive, exuberant and daring. Enthused by visionary architects like John Lautner and Santiago Calatrava, we aspire to create iconic and progressive architectural wonders that capture our collective imagination.
Mr. Nigel Tarboton
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Metropole Architects was founded in 1997 by Nigel Tarboton. Tyrone Reardon joined the office in 2002, and became a partner in 2004. Our office is situated in Durban, Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa.