On the weekend the SA Institute of Architects (Saia) bestowed its highest honour on five building projects: two memorials, an office building, and two homes.

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This is one of those homes, a "lake house" in the Midlands of KwaZulu-Natal that won Richard Stretton of Koop Design an award for excellence at the Corobrik SAIA Awards.

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The house is on the shore of a small lake in the Midlands of KwaZulu-Natal.

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The client had been collecting stone and recycled timber for a decade for use in the house. The driveway is made from stones recovered from an old dairy.

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The entrance features a dry-stacked stone wall built with rocks found during excavation.

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“The plan and section of the building is generous and deceptively simple and direct,” the judges said.

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“The hands of the various levels of craftspeople who made the building are clearly visible and so is the pride in their handiwork.”

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Every room has a view across a different aspect of the lake.

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The views are integrated into the house.

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Indigenous hardwoods from forests earmarked for clearing was used for flooring.

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Even the kitchen has a spectacular lake view.

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The house is “masterful in its relaxed simplicity. A simplicity that only the highly talented and dedicated can achieve,” the judges said.

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The house blends in to the landscape and flows down to the water.

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There is a matching stable.

(Roger Jardine Photography)

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