Symbiosis of the landscape with the building takes a number of different avenues:

  • Landscape supports passive climatic principles of the building -
    • House Felix Ferreira - Design is based on the dichotomy between private areas (built & enclosed) and public areas  ( open) connected to the garden. 
      • The lounge area opens up completely to the garden and views - where doors slide away into walls and the north facing glazed wall slides into the garden itself. The space is both inside and outside and has multiple readings. This north/ west facing glass box is shaded and cooled by the Acacia forest planted on the west boudary.
      • The eastern side of the house is designed to enclose and offers private spaces to retreat
  • Landscaped designed into rooms as an extension of the building - 
    • House Strydom Krause - the garden is an extension of the house divided into children's play area extending from the kitchen and play room and more formal garden entertaining area - adjacent to the formal lounge and dining 
    • Garden Hill - the garden is in effect an open air house - with spaces/rooms for dining, cooking, ablutions, bathing, entertaining and relaxing
      • jacuzzi section to the rim flow pool
      • a covered terrace with both wood and gas braai and a kitchenette
      • viewing deck  with bar rail for sundowner drinks
      • bathroom , steam shower and open air shower and urinal
  • Landscape used productively in materiality of building -
    •  House Mokoena - the building was designed to use the large amounts of soil on site in it's construction as rammed earth walls. The landscape literally builds the house.
  • Landscape mapping extended into a building form -
    • WITS SCEM competition entry - arose from a reading/ mapping of the green landscape armature of campus and extending this and folding it into a building 
    • WITS RESEARCH INSTITUTES-  landscape mapped in terms of exotic/ indigenous planting and heritage and on a city scale. The landscape became a matrix of connection that connected disparate buildings and changed their relations in terms of the heritage context - social/ economic/ urban. This landscape became built form in places to define edges and add programmes.
      • Mount - New Wits  Research Institute - was the first phase of the above project to be implemented. Published in Architectural Digest 2014 - pg 1 & pg 2 of publication
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