house altman maasdorp
a family home in saxonwold

Set in a leafy suburb, this house is set as a series of linked pavilions within the landscaped garden. Entering from the street, you wind through the garden and into a central gallery with tall gumpoles and random skylights in the ceiling, all referencing the dappled light and verticality of a leafy forest canopy. The gallery organizes the spaces, and is a magical spine through which one moves and experiences the seasons and weather in an intimate way.  Functionally, the ground floor levels house the living, dining and kitchen; the upper storey the bedrooms and bathrooms.  The gently twisted geometries of the forms, the courtyards, and the way the building forms play with light provide delight and enrich the senses.