Beau Constance | Metropolis Design

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Situated at Constantia Nek, on the upper slopes of the Vlakkenberg, this former livestock farm has been redeveloped into a small scale wine farm, with the main residence and associated meditation pavilion as well as a guest cottage. 

The residence and pavilion are arranged on an elongated platform tucked into a fold in the mountain, entirely isolated from the surrounding urban fabric but connected to expansive views of the landscape all around.

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The concept for the house evolved from a few different strands. The accommodation is organised around a system of outdoor courtyards, simultaneously shaping and being shaped by the building and arranged along an axis of movement linked to elements in the landscape beyond. 

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The physical and conceptual centre of the house is the double volume kitchen/ dining/ family room, the ‘heart of the house’, around which all the external courtyards and accommodation gravitate.

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The intention was to depart entirely from an architecture of punctured walls and attached roof, into another type of composition altogether – of ‘floating elements’, held together in a unified whole, entirely permeable to its surroundings. From the architects.

Client: N/A
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Completion: 2004
Address: Constantia Nek, Vlakkenberg




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