Futuristic meets thatch

Elmo Swart Architects are the reason why we can now call this traditional thatched roof house in Durban futuristic. The aptly named Wright House was recently completed by the talented team.

The bright, angular and open addition adds space for entertainment and privacy, with both providing and open view of the tree filled lot around the house.

The contemporary addition on the old thatched-roof home is quite a contrast to the original design. The smooth, angled curves of the exterior shape echo the original, and natural accents are added to make the transition from old to new more visually balanced. A screen of thin branches curves around an exterior porch and shower, and the greenery of the lot is brought into the interior thanks to tall floor-to-ceiling windows. Despite the contemporary approach, Elmo Swart Architects succeeded in maintaining the natural feel that the thatched-roof structure once provided.

The interior of the home is comfortable and cool, a continuation of the natural sensibility of the exterior design.  It is lit by large windows and warm lights that glow softly from a distance.  While the exterior is contemporary, the interior furnishings are more traditional– the kind of classical wooden furniture you might have found in the original thatch-roofed home.

Inside and out, the new project by Elmo Swart Architects is a success in design, one that maintains the philosophy of the original structure with a modern sensibility, bringing South African architecture into the future.

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