This is the lake house in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands that just won the SA Institute of Architects' highest award
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.
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.
The entrance features a dry-stacked stone wall built with rocks found during excavation.
“The plan and section of the building is generous and deceptively simple and direct,” the judges said.
“The hands of the various levels of craftspeople who made the building are clearly visible and so is the pride in their handiwork.”
Every room has a view across a different aspect of the lake.
The views are integrated into the house.
Indigenous hardwoods from forests earmarked for clearing was used for flooring.
Even the kitchen has a spectacular lake view.
The house is “masterful in its relaxed simplicity. A simplicity that only the highly talented and dedicated can achieve,” the judges said.
The house blends in to the landscape and flows down to the water.
There is a matching stable.
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