Albizia Residence by Metropole Architects

South African architectural company Metropole Architects has created the Albizia Property.

Finished in 2013, the design and style of this contemporary residence in Simbithi Eco Estate, South Africa, was inspired by the futurist “Googie” architectural design of the late 1940s.


Albizia Residence by Metropole Architects:

“We have been commissioned to layout a contemporary family home on a a single acre site, located at the end of a spur, in Simbithi Eco-Estate. The client’s quick known as for a house with an overriding sense of simplicity but with a high degree of sophistication.

All the residing areas and bedroom suites face onto a panoramic vista, which includes a dense forest down-slope from the house.

The palette of natural supplies like timber screens, decking and cladding, off-shutter concrete and stone cladding juxtapose with the aggressive architectural form generating, producing a residence that is not only visually and spatially exciting, but also comfortable and intimate.

The extensive use of water in the design and style of the home includes a 25 metre lap pool with a glass panel amongst the water and the basement cinema area, and a shallow but expansive reflective pond on the technique side, which mirrors the developing day and night, and evokes a sense of tranquility.

The architectural type of the home is heavily influenced by the ‘Googie’ architecture of the American architect John Lautner. The origin of the title ‘Googie’ dates to 1949, when architect John Lautner created the West Hollywood coffee shop, ‘Googies’, which had distinct architectural qualities.

‘Googie’ architecture is a kind of modern day architecture and a subdivision of futurist architecture with stylistic conventions influenced by, and representing 50’s American society’s fascination and advertising and marketing emphasis on futuristic layout, vehicle culture, jets, the Area Age, and the Atomic Age.

‘Googie’ was also characterized by design types symbolic of movement, like upswept roofs, curvaceous geometric shapes, and the bold use of glass, steel and neon, the spirit of which is embodied in Albizia Home.”

Pictures by: Grant Pitcher

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