Following the construction of the club house, DASH is the second piece of the puzzle in the process of defining a village garden as the residential estate’s primary physical, experiential and symbolic space for the community of about 1200 people.
As a wall, the building defines and contains one side of the garden. The apartment suites are conceived as subtropical houses, their bedrooms opening onto cross-ventilated central dining and living patios. Aggregated together, the patios form a grid of openings through the thickness of the wall, one side overlooking the garden and the other the ocean. Originating as one side of the village garden, the building steps down the slope into the indigenous coastal vegetation, in the same way as an ancient city wall straddles the boundary between village centre and surrounding landscape.
On the garden side, a detached timber screen provides privacy to the patios and takes the natural materiality up the façade as a constructed vine. On the ocean side without the need for visuals privacy, balconies extend the patios beyond the façade and just a little closer to the sea.
Salt Rock, KwaZulu-Natal North Coast
SAIA Award of Excellence (2006)