Cape Town-based studio Van Der Merwe Miszewski Architects has completed the Maison project in 2009.
This single family residence is located in the heart of the Franschhoek Valley, in Cape Winelands, a region of the Western Cape Province of South Africa.
Maison Project by Van Der Merwe Miszewski Architects:
“The Project site (±10 HA) is located in the heart of the Franschhoek Valley, between the road into Franschhoek, (the north boundary of the site), and the Berg river (the south boundary of the site).
There were two existing structures on the site; a 1920’s house and a barn dating from ± the 18th century.
The scope of this proposal included the re-utilization of the barn, which is more or less centrally located on the site and is surrounded by several magnificent and ancient Oak trees.
It is intended that the barn and its trees become the focus of a new home, both in the programmatic and structural sense.
The barn itself was repaired and inhabited to form the heart of the home – being the living, dining and cooking spaces. The long facades are covered with verandahs; one open and planted and the other covered over, (in place of an existing lean to structure which was demolished).
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