Architect's award winning home and studio in Clydesdale Pretoria.
Property has partial business rights, and is closely situated to all Pretoria's prominent tertiary institutions. It also has 24-hour security and is serviced with borehole water.
The property comprises of converted 100 year old horse stables, plus a contemporary addition - both which elicited publicity in 27 national and international academic journals, popular magazines and books, including American, Chinese, German, Hungarian and Russian publications. The property was additionally featured on 6 TV channels, including American programmes Extraordinary Homes in 2000 and Extreme Homes in 2013.
The property is regarded as one of the best architectural achievements in the country and considered a national treasure. The property requires a purchaser respectful of its historic value and cultural significance in lieu of the more conventional.
The original house on the larger site, an eclectic villa built shortly before the Anglo-Boer War, is a well-preserved example of its type. On the west edge are the Stables - a balloon structure of timber and corrugated iron, a worthy example of late nineteenth century industrial building technology. The architect built a new studio while creating an enticing small house, carefully recycling the century-old stables and safeguarding an example of a once universal building type of which few remain.
The stables, serving as staff quarters and storage in recent years, were tastefully refurbished to accommodate open-plan living and sleeping in the hayloft. Due to its compact size, the confines of the envelope were imploded to create a series of vistas and courtyards. Access is defined by a water tower, spawning an ordering system of colliding geometries that informed all new interventions and determined the layout of the garden. New alcoves, walls, doors, stairs and even reticulation are individually expressed (or colour-coded) to accentuate their independence fro t