Graaf Reinett, Eastern Cape
Located on a solitude portion of land in the larger landscape of the Karoo, this family lodge provides a getaway space for a single family or group of friends. With an oversized colonnade as the backbone, the different functions of the space are weaved into the landscape as separated ‘boxes’ creating a complete blur between the exterior and interior experience of the space. Movement through the main lodge housing the communal functions of living, cooking, eating and relaxing are elevated to a ritual. The monolithic and earthy nature of the materials and geometry speaks to the harsh Karoo landscape, complemented by deep spaces of shade, layers of screens and cooler vegetation pockets. Living pods are located a fair distance from the central building to allow privacy and escape.