Private Residence in Mount Street, Johannesburg
Service: Architectural Planning/ Building Contract / Project Management
Date of Completion: April 2018
The clients’ brief was to design a modern home that optimized the views from their site in the much sought after Mount Street in Bryanston. The young professional clients requested 4 en-suite bedrooms, open plan kitchen, living room, dining room and entertaining areas which included a boma, bar, movie room, wine cellar and whisky room. The Pool and entertainment areas needed to be elevated to capture the panoramic views of the Johannesburg skyline.
- Site is on a steep slope on the top of the ridge in Bryanston.
- Client wanted the building to be off the grid. Provision was made for PV panels and battery backup system.
- House was fitted with central vacuum system.
- House has double glazed, low-e aluminium windows
- Client wanted the house split across 3 floors to provide all rooms with views.
- Existing landscaping elements and trees needed to be retained.
- Design needed to accommodate all the clients’ spacial requirements as well as provide maximum garden and landscaped areas.
The project took approximately 12 months from first client meeting to completion. Architecture, Interiors and Project Management services were provided by Evolve Architects. After an extensive consultation process with the structural engineer we were able to redesign the retaining structure thereby reducing the cost of the structure and also created space for a cinema and wine cellar with very little additional cost.
We worked very closely with the clients to ensure that we understood their brief and changing needs as the project progressed. We were able to assist with contractor management as well as selecting subcontractors, materials and finishes. We also assisted with the purchasing of finishes which helped to get the most out of a tight budget.
5 July 2018
Dear Evolve Team,
SUBJECT: TESTIMONIAL FOR EVOLVE ARCHITECTS
We selected Evolve Architects because of Kevin’s rigorous design background with over 30 years experience this with end to end construction and project management experience.
We understood that our project was challenging given the very specific brief and design specifications to fit the land and optimize the view. Evolve Architects managed the project successfully and efficiently.
Evolve architects balanced our architectural vision and budget, they had an in-depth understanding of our needs, and responded to these in professional and practical ways. During the construction of the house, we requested many changes to the initial design and Kevin was flexible and accommodating to our needs. As members of the Green Building Council, Kevin took careful consideration of the environment focusing on environmentally considerate design, grasping the brief and evolving the design to exceed our expectations.
During the build, Kevin became our trusted single point of contact. His commitment is evidenced through the hands on practical guidance he provided to the construction team on almost a daily basis. As the Client, we were provided with comprehensive weekly updates. Kevin assumed sole responsibility for the contracting of sub-contractors. He built a team of the best in their industries to support the build and managed and coordinated the contractors throughout the project.
Our house is a delight to live in, we feel like we are in a dream world with such beautiful views, the light and the sustainable design. Evolve architects are a pleasure to work with, their attention to detail, focus on quality and passion for creative and one of a kind design is evident in the beautiful home that we have today.
Trevor and Trixie-Belle