Loader Street Residence De Waterkant

De Waterkant, Cape Town, South Africa
This residence, for a professional couple, responded to their brief for a compact lock-up-and-go city residence around their specific living requirements. This instruction gave rise to a somewhat unorthodox spatial configuration and programme: the accommodation requirements included a single bedroom with en-suite bathroom, an open plan lounge / dining area with a small gulley-type kitchen and study that could in future be converted into a second bedroom. A single garage (for a Smart car and motorbike) as well as roof terrace also formed part of the brief. Although the exterior of the building had to adhere to the strict urban design codes of De Waterkant (a protected urban conservation area), and be respectful to the neighbouring properties in it’s terraced setting, the interiors were conceived to be spatially exciting. Magnificent views over the Cape Town harbour, visible from an elevated position, led to the decision to locate the living spaces on the upper level with the bedroom accommodated on the ground level. The longitudinal fall over the site resulted in a split-level configuration that allowed for comfortable circulation to the upper and lower levels of the house from a mid-level entrance foyer (accessed from street level via an external concrete ramp in the Corbusian tradition). Additional means of circulation between the various external spaces (pool on the ground floor, living room patio on the first floor and planted roof terrace) is provided by means of a spiral staircase accommodated within a sculptural cylindrical concrete drum. Off-shutter concrete walls, carefully detailed joinery components and restrained interior finishes resulted in sophisticated and contemporary interior spaces. Completed as Partner at Meyer + Vorster Architects, Urban Designers and Interior Designers