Co-Operative design with Paul Munting
The triangular site that this house occupies is situated in Klein Windhoek on a small, prominent and hitherto undeveloped koppie in Uhland Street. The fall across the site from north to south is in excess of 12m with a 400 m² moderately sloped section on the south suitable for building. The site is extensively vegetated with indigenous plants and at the time of purchase was home to no less than 26 medium to large Aloe Ferox specimens. Unfortunately, by the time construction commenced the majority of these had died as a result of a snout beetle infestation.
The main design considerations were to preserve as much of the quality and indigenous vegetation of the koppie as possible, and to avoid destroying the pleasant view of this natural landmark as one travels northbound in Uhland street. In order to do so the building was positioned on the southwestern boundary of the site and the building operations restricted to the southernmost portion, off the sky line. Building materials were selected to blend into the natural landscape as far as possible.
The house is planned with service spaces on the southwestern edge along Uhland street to help control noise, and living spaces opening onto the quieter northwestern aspect of the site. Living areas are located on the upper floor in order to facilitate easy access onto the koppie from the timber decks and to exploit the beautiful views to the south and northwest.