Project details

Architects: jvr architects & interiors
Interiors: By client
Type: Additions and Alterations (heritage)
Location: Westcliff, Johannesburg
Year: 2016
Contractor: ZABICON (Pty)
Landscaper: Bertha Wium Landscaping

Brief description of project

Standing proudly as a landmark on the Westcliff Ridge, and suitably named “Castle Ridge”, the home was originally designed in 1927 by pioneering Johannesburg architects, Stucke & Harrison. The original house was well proportioned and shaped with a beautiful use of materials and detailing, blending into its surroundings with splendid views of Johannesburg.

The house fell into “Category A” in the building classification system of the Johannesburg Heritage Foundation. This meant that JVR had to carefully balance the client’s needs and the sensitivity associated with the design aesthetics and architectural significance of the structure. Understanding this historical background, as well as working closely with archived information, aspects were identified that formed part of the initial build and architectural style. The overall exterior look and feel of the home remained intact, with the interiors being modified to suit a modern family.

The addition of a totally contemporary pool house, contrasts sharply with the classical Edwardian architectural quality of the existing home in the backdrop, was a playful addition.