I finally got the call…you know, the one every designer/ architect dreads or anticipates.
The call from ones parents/ mentor/ friend to design their home/ dress/ garage/ kitchen extension/ business card…
The thing is, my dad is an engineer, and when it comes to design he and I are never on the same page.
When I was 16 my dad designed our first two homes in Tanzania. He dragged me to the site when I was 18 and I mumbled pleasantries. See my opinion was not needed, I had an eye, but not the qualifications.
Ten years later, after getting the qualifications and 3 years of working experience my parents finaly saw what I did for a living in a magazine and the look of shock on their face was priceless. I mean I will always be their little girl and architecture is for men, not ladies, come on…
So I get the call, this past Sunday, and it went something like this…
“Hey so I bought a piece of land in the North, its about 800m2. I want to build a house for the family. I want you to design it”
cue my jaw on the floor
“Hello, Juliet can you hear me? Hello”
“…uhm, sure dad…so what exactly do YOU want ME to do again”
“Design it, everything, all the rooms, outside, everything, are you up for it”
“Sure dad, I will compile a brief and email you”
“Ok, goodnight, love you”
cue my little victory dance
My parents are very “Colonial traditional”, I’m talking diner at the table at 8pm, tea at 4pm, long flowing curtains, with Victorian style chairs and mis-matched cushion covers. So I’m raking my brain to come up with a design language that will satisfy my mums love for English traditional design and my dads engineering sensibilities, without compromising my love for modern architecture, then I stumbled upon this lovely house by DRAFT architects and I was sold.
…a tri-part house
Nothing screams traditional quite like a pitched roof, but I love the way DAFT architects modernized it by accentuating the pitch with a visual band, wrapping the floor to the wall to the roof.
…a view of the kitchen connecting the two buildings
…traditional details for a modernistic design
This is a three part house with the main house being more private housing the bedrooms, bathrooms and double garage. The secondary building is joined to the main house by a kitchen that opens up to the garden and driveway and houses the living and dining rooms.The stand alone building houses a sauna and garden store.
I love the size of this house, the separation of private and public spaces, the architectural language, use of balau wood to soften the hard white lines and the introduction of stonework, and will take inspiration from it.