COURTYARD HOUSE

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OVERVIEW / 

A 100sqm residential unit in Johannesburg. 

YEAR / 2020.  LOCATION / Johannesburg.  TYPOLOGY / Residential.  SIZE / 100sqm.  STATUS / Concept

01 / BRIEF

The brief is to design three small free-standing dwellings on the property. The design of these units is to be simple and practical to accommodate rental tenants. Each unit should include two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a kitchen, living areas, a patio and garden, a total of approximately 100sqm each.

 

The design of the master plan should ensure that each unit is afforded maximum privacy with comfortable internal and external spaces, views and natural sunlight. Since these units are to be designed for temporary occupants, the design will not be tailored to a unique client. This however does not mean the units should not be well designed and carefully put together. These spaces will form a temporary, yet significant part of the occupants’ lives and should create spaces of comfort and tranquillity - a space they can make their own for a period of time.

The courtyard typology was selected as it allows for maximum privacy on a compact site. The courtyard concept was continued to create pockets of greenery that nestle into the units to allow for a blurring between internal and external spaces creating the illusion of larger rooms, as well as beautiful natural light filtering into every room of the house.