Godswindow Residence by Gass Architecture Design Studio

By • May 12, 2011 •  Selected Work 

Tucked away in the folds of the South African Landscape and 15 miles away from Swellendam city, is a serene, secret paradise, Godswindow.

Designed by Johannesburg-based architect Georg van Gass of Gass Architecture Design Studio and landscaped by Patrick Watson, the U-shaped residence sits on 266 acres at the door-step of the breathtaking mountains and valleys of Langeberg Mountains.

The residence includes a boutique guest house with two exclusive suites and can accommodate up to three couples.

Godswindow’s suites can be booked for around $290 per night and per person.

This unique property is also currently listed for sale with an asking price of around $2,6 million.

Check out the video below to see more details about this amazing estate!

Godswindow Residence in South Africa by Gass Architecture Design Studio:

“This new residential dwelling is situated in Swellendam at the door-step of the breathtaking mountains and valleys of Langeberg Mountains – a view so magnificent that the locals have named it “God’s Window.” It was because of this exquisite setting that simple forms and materials were chosen for the architecture, in order to facilitate a subtle intervention – to “lie gently” on the landscape. The buildings were constructed using largely local textures and materials reminiscent of its distinctly Southern African origins.

In addition to the architecture itself, efforts were made to make the house and the land itself more sustainable. For example, the land was cleared of non-native invading species, like the black wattle. Also, all the water used in the house is harvested from the site itself, and as a result there is no connection to the municipal water supply line, making the house self-sustaining from a water perspective.

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One Comment to Godswindow Residence by Gass Architecture Design Studio

  1. KC says:

    The vista is gorgeous from wherever you are – looking in or out – and I’m a fan of modernist minimalism, but I think when seen from above, the house looks too hard and inorganic for its position. Grow ivy on it perhaps???

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