Flexible Space for Living and Relaxation in Namibia

Flexible Space for Living and Relaxation in Namibia

Combining simple clarity with the passion for design excellence, Wasserfall Munting Architects reinterpreted a house built in the 1950’s in Klein Windhoek, Namibia, in order to reconnect it with the surrounding site. Placed within a tranquil oasis of indigenous acacia trees, the house is a flexible space for living and relaxing while enjoying the benefits of the outdoors. Exterior looks a little rusty and bulky, kept this way for low maintenance purposes. In contrast, the interior feels very warm and cozy, due to the “excessive” use of plywood linings and built-in cupboards.

“The intervention brings a sense of programmatic clarity and simplicity to a compromised layout, and attempts to create simple, robust spaces to live in. The double-volume living area with its butterfly roof and clerestory windows to the south is the heart of the house: oversized glazed sliding doors afford a seamless connection to a large terraced patio overlooking the garden and affording panoramic views of the distant mountains.”  Mica stone walls were added to link the nature’s fantastic work to the man-made construction. Residents are encouraged to fully enjoy the simplicity of a soothing space and connect on a visual level with the landscape.

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