Taking full advantage of the unparalleled views, this house by Nieuwoudt and Associates Architects is designed on an axis that starts with a bridge over a Koi pond and ends in a glass-edged rimflow pool with an overhead “jetty” concept where the gazebo is perched between oceans and sky. Due to the architects prioritising of the magnificent surroundings, most en suit bathrooms boast similar views. This stunning costal home is the exclusive Le Grand Golf Estate in George sits magnificently in a spot beautiful enough to have seduced the owners, while on holiday at the coast, into designing their dream home with the perfect look-out point. For this lucky family, experiencing the Sothern Cape costal lifestyle was enough to invest time and effort into creating a home that currently serves as a holiday abode that will suit permanent living in the long-term. Designd with clear focus on the breath-taking surroundings of the Indian Ocian from Mossel Bay to Wilderness and the stately Outeniqa mountains.
Kobus Nieuwoudt Architects made extensive use of glass in the form of wrap-around windows. Privacy was achieved by introducing sliding slatted/louvred screens also providing sun screening, ventilation when windows are open, as well as security. The client’s lifestyle requirements and aesthetic specifications were fulfilled through unique combinations within the parameters of estate guidelines and the setting. This abode is evident of good corroboration between client and architect, in close co-operation with the contracting project team.
Kobus Nieuwoudt, of Nieuwoudt and Associates Architects, accompanied his client from Gauteng to inspect the plot prior to designing the house. Kobus says that top of mind in his design was the incorporation of the views in as many living spaces as possible, yet in a style that would be both aesthetically pleasing and practically suited to the family’s lifestyle.
This long distance project, that also required working within the estate’s architectural guidelines, became a fine collaboration between architect and the contracted project team. The owner says that despite the estate originally experiencing lengthy delays in obtaining its zoning for a golf course, he forged ahead and construction commenced immediately after approvals were confirmed. He says that the finished product was aimed at creating an enticing new environment for his family to re-locate to. A perfect partnership between husband and wife ensued, with the owner managing the actual design, construction and decor, while his wife offered invaluable supporting input throughout the entire process. The owner says that when his family finally viewed the completed project, it was the most wonderful and pleasing surprise. Leon Egen, of Garden Route Building Consultants, says his involvement in this project was initiated by a chance meeting with the owner that led not only to the highly successful construction of this project, but several others in different regions of the country.
Leon says that the use of large concrete slabs in the construction of this house created interesting spaces as well as impressive visual effects. He says the natural slope of the site enhanced the stunning end result, and special features such as the magnificent double volume spaces in different living areas complement the breathtaking surroundings of the natural outdoor environment. For him, the most exquisite part of the house, and also where the construction presented some challenges, is the unique viewpoint that was designed almost as a look-out tower above the lower swimming pool.
This special area is where the family enjoys viewing nature at its very best, including regular sightings of large schools of dolphins all year round, and pods of zawhales during the winter months. This beau-tiful home, finished in the finest fittings, furni-ture and decor exudes a charm that is both playful and tranquil. Splashes of rich tones in contrast with delicate textures and finishes complement the peaceful flowing interior. The contemporary design of both the indoor and outdoor areas provides superior flow that is in total harmony with the beautiful swimming pool that flows across several levels, providing a welcoming flow of energy.As a perfect home and setting to re-locate to, this gorgeous abode deserves its owners who will grace it with their pres-ence and enjoy every offering it has to make.