As an ever-growing section of our portfolio; we introduce our Lodges & Commercial section. Here we showcase some of our many new (some slightly older) and exciting ventures into the hospitality and commercial design sectors.
This home is set in the magical and unspoilt Auas Berg south of the Namibian capital, Windhoek. Designed for the founder of the Tranquility Eco Estate – a busy figure in local and international mining - it was built to be a welcoming home for an extensive network of family and friends. At its heart is a uniquely Namibian tranquility which fluently speaks the language of the site and the country.
The estate comprises properties of 12 hectares or larger with strict guidelines governing building colour, aesthetics and the preservation of the natural landscape. Natural bush comes right up to the houses. Private courtyards or small, contained werf-style gardens are permitted.
Natural rock from the site was used on the stone walls, and the external terraces are also natural rock or decking. The landscape is truly inspiring and constantly changes as the sky creates endless plays of light and colour. The house opens up and steps outwards in wide gestures to allow the landscape to travel through the interior spaces. Walls create a feeling of shelter, balancing the open feeling.
Time was spent carefully walking over the original, pristine site. An existing tree became host to the entry courtyard and this space is a key visual point throughout the house. A close friend had the “king door” made in Kenya with the word shalom carved in it. This not only means peace but also completeness, wholeness, well-being, and welfare.
Sustainable timber, works of friends who are artists, and aerial photographs of Namibia and Etosha – (the client is also a pilot) - all make for a well-grounded feel. This project is a work of the heart.
New Photo’s – To credit Jenny Mills & Chris Rumbell
Project details coming soon.
Jenny Mills is particularly honoured to have been appointed to take on this contemporary office design for Interactive Africa. This is a company and brand that is at the nerve centre of innovation and creativity in Cape Town. Their prestigious annual Design Indaba Conference is renowned throughout the design community worldwide.
This energetic and creative company had to manage a fast move to occupy their new premises. Emphasis was placed on open communication and interaction. Various techniques were used to create spaces which fulfilled the company's needs. Glazed partitions were used to sensitively create quiet while maintaining the concentration required by some of the “cells” in the business.
The outdoor green space and recreation conservatory provides a place to chill out and relax in between the long working hours. The conservatory has good views of Table Mountain along with the MD’s “cell”. This gives everyone an opportunity to appreciate the beauty of the city. It is inspiring to have been part of this process and... watch their space!
Photography: Rob Mills