Situated in the eco-estate of Romansbaai Beach & Fynbos Estate in Gansbaai on the Cape Whale Coast, the luxury beach house, Romans Villa, has been designed by Kevin Gadd of Kevin Gadd Architects and built by local building contractor, Pierre Franken of PA Franken Construction to get the most out of the beautiful ocean views and natural surrounds while having the minimum impact on them.
When building in this estate, strict guidelines aim to ensure a visually harmonious settlement that fits discreetly into the ocean and beach environment, while maximising the potential of each site.
In line with this vision, the owner and developer, Gus Behn, insisted on standard and environmentally-friendly building materials, such as natural hardwood timber and natural rock, new-generation appliances with low energy consumption, water-efficient fittings and integration into the landscape, in order to make the approximately 700m² building as energy- and waterwise as possible.
The three-storey house was built down into the natural slope of the site, making the ground level effectively underground. A rooftop garden over the ground floor level provides insulation for the rooms below it, while it also blends the building into the garden and environment. The structural engineer who worked on this project was Thys van Rooyen of Thys van Rooyen Consulting. For the low-maintenance roof garden, as well as the landscaping around the house, botanist and landscaper, Sean Privett from Fynbos Ecoscapes, used only plants specific to the Danger Point Peninsula.
Facing north, with ample glass, natural light floods the building and reduces the need for artificial lighting. The dove-grey metal roof comprises cooling properties and there is no need for air-conditioning in the home. Solar geysers provide hot water and additional solar panels are used to supplement the energy from the grid, heat the pool and will in future power a charging station for electric vehicles.
Through the careful choice of materials and the extensive use of energy-efficient building materials and appliances, this luxury villa celebrates the natural piece of land it occupies.
Full thanks and acknowledgement are given to Romans Villa and the professional team for the information and photos provided.
Architect: Kevin Gadd Architects
Building Contractor: PA Franken Construction
Structural Engineer: Thys van Rooyen Consulting
Landscape Contractor: Fynbos Ecoscapes
Architectural Photography: Johann Lourens Photography
Stylist Photography: Henrique Wilding Stylist Photographer
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