Constantia is one of Cape Town’s oldest suburbs and has a rich history in farming, dating to the late 17th century. As a result of this history, Constantia boasts a rich architectural heritage, particularly in traditional Cape Dutch architecture. This project, situated on a farm in Constantia, comprises a home, staff quarters, vineyard, horse stables and an equestrian arena.
Although the massing and form recalls the architecture of traditional Cape Dutch farm barns, a language of contemporary openings was developed that responds to the internal spaces. Large expanses of glass, protected by steel and timber shutters, are located at the living areas, while the bedrooms and private areas have more controlled openings to ensure privacy without compromising the view to the vineyard below.
This differentiation between “public” and private areas is further expressed in the internal volumes – public areas have exposed rafters with pitched ceilings, while the private areas have flat, dropped ceilings.
The palette of materials is inspired by traditional Cape Dutch farm buildings. The guest quarters, which is situated below the entrance level, is expressed as a stone base. Above this base sits the main buildings, expressed as linear, lime-washed barns with timber windows, doors and shutters. On the upper floor, the stone base also houses an outdoor living area, which is an extension of the indoor living areas. This space comprises a pool deck with a timber pergola and an outdoor dining area.