DE ZALZE South Africa
DescriptionDe Zalze Estate is located on the Eastern fringe of the Stellenbosch mountains and is one of South Africa’s premier golfing residential developments, situated among orchards and vineyards on the outskirts of the historic town of Stellenbosch. The brief to the design team was to capture a modern farmhouse which incorporated glamorous elements with an emphasis on barefoot luxury and the use of natural materials. Two important criteria for the clients were that the project had to include a central courtyard and that the main living areas were to have double volume. At the front of the plot the concept of a traditional “Cape Dutch Langhuis” with gabled ends was conceptualized. This part of the house was designed to contain the formal lounge & dining, informal lounge & braai room as well as the master bedroom and en-suite, giving all these areas direct access to the front pool terrace with spectacular views to the surrounding vineyards and mountains. A key features of this include the bespoke wine cellar. Here we created a glass wine wall with oak timber cabinetry encasing frameless glass shelving which can house more than 400 bottles - perfectly temperature controlled with concealed refrigeration. The wine wall also functions as a visual screen between the formal and informal family spaces. A dramatic double volume stone clad fireplace in the formal lounge is mirrored by a built-in braai in the informal lounge. These areas of the house flow out onto the outdoor entertainment deck and infinity pool. Linked to the terrace is a sunken outdoor boma (a typical South African outdoor enclosure). Here casual seating is arranged around an open fire. For the interior architecture the design approach was to focus on the use of natural organic materials such as timber and stone. Limed oak flooring paired with honey coloured stone walls contrast with black charcoals and chalky white finishes. These tactile materials add a sense of homeliness and warmth to the contemporary architecture. A number of elemental forces are captured in the use of water features and fireplaces. A combination of bold and discreet lighting was used to create a “wow” factor and the layering of lighting set various moods. Subtle lighting has been incorporated in all recesses and feature bulkheads to give a warm glow to peripheral edges. Concealed lighting has also been used to highlight and accentuate the organic natural finishes. In the dining room a customized crystal chandelier by Martin Doller is suspended from the ceiling rafters. Other feature lighting includes a custom designed “ring” light by ARRCC, over the informal braai room and a signature Willow Lamp in the main bedroom.