ARCHITECTURE Spa House by METROPOLISDESIGN "south Africa" The building is conceived of as a hovering set of abstract sculptural elements, lightly suspended over a large waterscape, which forms an extended terrace on the mountainside. The inter-penetration of two simple forms, in combination with the staggering of the floorplane, allows a surprising amount of volumetric complexity and spatial interplay in and around the building. Transparency, an apparent lack of structural support, and the gaps between elements, dematerialize the building and create a presence in the landscape which is of nature, despite its abstraction Water as a rejuvenative element, constitutes the primary experience of the building and provides its symbolic language. The guest accommodation block hovers dramatically over the water and projects into space towards the mountain and sea. It shelters the dining area, itself submerged below water level. Pool decks are arranged as islands in a sea of water, connected by a bridge. The underwater spa with large viewing windows into the pool has a sense of stillness and mystery. The ground floor opens up entirely and entrances the experience of the building as a light platform in a vast landscape. Metropolis Metropolis was established in Cape Town in 1992. The practice carries out a broad range of residential, commercial and retail work. Our work has been widely published locally and internationally and has received multiple design awards. The principal, Jon Jacobson, qualified at the University of Witwatersrand in 1988 and currently teaches part-time at the University of Cape Town’s School of Architecture. Philosophy We draw our inspiration from the natural landscapes and the urban cultures of contemporary South Africa. People are at the center of all meaningful architecture. Our process involves a detailed investigation of our clients’ requirements and a close collaboration with them. We believe that well-adjusted architecture is a combination of conceptual clarity, imagination, rationality and paradoxically, an appreciation for the irrational and contradictory nature of everyday life. We distill and integrate all of our clients' concerns, into an unified architecture, which is simple, humane and delights the body and the spirit. Energy efficiency, the longevity of our architecture and the soundness of its construction and materials, are key sustainability concerns. The poetics of our architecture are derived from individual human experience, from a sensitivity towards natural landscape and from our response to our regional modernist culture. http://ift.tt/zHiRbP
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