The Swellendam House is a contemporary home in the valleys of Langeberg Mountains, South Africa, designed by GASS Architecture. Due to the pristine surrounding natural landscape, the architectural intervention had to be non intrusive and also to blend in. According to the architects, “the residence was built “using largely local textures and materials reminiscent of its distinctly Southern African origins. In addition to the architecture itself, efforts were made to make the house and the land itself more sustainable. All the water used in the house is harvested from the site itself, and as a result there is no connection to the municipal water supply line, making the house self-sustaining from a water perspective“. The structure of the project is simple and practical. The residence is composed of three volumes: the largest accommodates the public areas, while the smaller boxes include the bedrooms, bathrooms and a movie room.
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