Architecture Inspiration: Earthy eco-friendly House Mouton

The beautiful House Mouton located just outside of the bustling Pretoria, not only inspires with its incredible architecture but also its eco-conscious footprint.

The home, which was designed by Pretoria based Earthworld Architects, boasts with a small environmental footprint by focussing on sustainable design. The structure has a low-profile that not only minimizes the environmental impact on the rural landscapes but also lessens the visual impact on the surrounding area.

Natural materials features throughout the construction of the home which includes a green roof, highly efficient insulation and intensive water harvesting systems. 

The home is spread out over 705 square meters and is set on a 1 hectare bushveld plot near the ecologically sensitive Roodeplaat Nature Reserve, making it essential that the house would not visually influence the appearance of the landscape.

This was achieved by splitting the house into four separate but linked single-storey ‘pavilions’ - for living, sleeping, services, and guests - carefully set between existing acacia thorn trees. The open areas between the pavilions were turned into outdoor courtyards.

Built from steel and supported by masonry walls, the shed-like pavilions features large infill timber window frames which allows for spectacular views of the landscape.

Due to the natural beauty on their doorstep, interiors were kept minimalistic with an earthy colour palette with pops of natural materials. The architects installed shaded energy efficient glazing, solar hot water heating systems, green roofs, and water harvesting systems that feed collected water into the irrigation system and emerging water supply system to curb energy costs.

“The house consists of three conceptual elements: the roof and ceiling emulates the horizontal plane of the acacia thorn trees providing shade for its inhabitants; the two ‘anthill like’ fireplaces are beacons in the landscape; and thirdly, the jagged edge stonewall elements emulates the klip kopje of the landscapes,” write the architects. “Finally, the building design in essence attempts to be sensitive to the pristine bushveld landscape, and at the same to create a warm home for it its dwellers without opulence.”

(Images via Inhabitat)

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