frankie pappas

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house of the tall chimneys

A BED AMIDST THE TREES
A SHOWER AMONGST THE ROCKS

house of the big arch occupies a unique place in a nature reserve situated in the waterberg mountains of south africa; a landscape of remarkable plants, inspiring cliffs, and prodigious wildlife

 

THE BRIEF

a bedroom that opens itself out into the treescape
that invites in the smells, and wind, and rustle
a bathroom that grounds itself against the landscape
that speaks of earth, and rock, and shrub
THE IDEA
the originating idea was to root the bathroom into the rockscape
whilst allowing the bedroom to float amongst the trees
the building is organised as a long thin building
which allows it to fit snugly between the forest trees
the two chimneys are not only essential to the structure of the building,
but also naturally ventilate the bedroom
(the building was designed in such a manner as to not disturb any tree during construction)

THE MATERIALS

re constructed from a rough stock brick
selected to match the site’s weathered sandstone
the bedroom is built from sustainably-grown timbers,
whilst glass and aluminium fill in the gaps between the timber structure
THE PROGRAMME
the building offers to its inhabitants a bathroom with private views out over the planted courtyard,
and a bedroom and private lounge which occupy the sunnier northern portion of the site
whilst the dressing area creates a natural division between the bathroom and bedroom areas
below the bedroom is an open area that allows for a natural garden to be cultivated

CLOSING THOUGHT

we often forget how wonderful sun is
until it enters the room just perfectly