NEW BEACH HOUSE AT PLETTENBURG BAY
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The essential reason for being here is to be immersed in a 180 degree experience of the bay as it continuously transforms from mostly mirror-flat ‘lake’ to seasonally wild ocean. And to have these experiences while suspended over a correspondingly primal sea of fynbos that when agitated by contact releases an exotic, pure, raw fragrance.

Like drift-wood washed up on the shore, the house is as much from the land as from the ocean, resistant as fragile, smooth as weathered, permanent as transitory, offering a protected space on either side of it, whether the wind is coming off the water or the land.

Inside the driftwood hull, concrete, white, glass and light define a generously unpretentious coastal ‘palace’ with echos of Arabic East Africa, Goa and parts of precolonial Meso-America.

In the same way as 1950s modern equivalents built over the cliffs of Acapulco, the project has become a gathering space for more than family, a mix between a private sanctuary and a public space for sharing location and occasion.

LOCATION

Plettenberg Bay, Western Cape

TYPE

Residential

AWARDS

SAIA Award of Merit (2008)

COMPLETED

2008

Contact

94 Florida Road, Durban
4001, South Africa

T +27 (0)31 303 5191
F +27 (0)31 303 5198
E admin@designworkshop.co.za

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