House Geisler-Steyn (Stanford)
House Geisler-Steyn 2021
If architecture is a conversation, then it follows that quality architecture is the result of a good conversation. This project has delivered a quality discourse.
From the outset various possibilities have been weighed during the design enquiry process to ensure the most appropriate response within the context. First principles were carefully considered to establish maximum privacy, light and solar gain, optimal views and wind protection.
Being situated within the Section 31 heritage village of Stanford, the authentic character of the town and streetscape are conserved with basic architectural guidelines. These guidelines address architectural elements such as roof covering, pitch, wall rendering, height, vertical and square proportioned fenestration preferred, etc. This does not mean that contemporary structures are not possible for the infill buildings, as long as they respond to the heritage context by being sympathetic to the ancient fabric and streetscape development patterns in terms of bulk, form and siting.
Indoor-outdoor flow of spaces characterizes this family home with main focus the north-east facing mountain views, sun and optimum connectivity with the private terraced garden in process.
Although a contemporary expression, with minimalist aesthetic detail and finishes, the underlying language is traditional which allows for a comfortable relationship with its early 1900 Victorian barn neighbours.
Jennifer Wrench & Raymond Smith
Full six stage architectural and heritage resource management
30 June 2021