Text Liz Morris Production Sven Alberding Photography Lar Glutz
It is not always the case that a home is designed and decorated from scratch to completion by a duo of architect and decorator colleagues for family friends, but this was the case here. And the result was a focused vision from a tight-knit team, which played an intrinsic role in creating the special atmosphere and aesthetic of this completed project in Durban.
As the home is set on a steep site, within a verdant tropical landscape where summers are humid and hot and winters blissfully sunny and temperate, architect Lisa Rorich’s objective was to provide solutions to the climatic challenges. Also, the key was meeting the owners’ brief for a family space that combined a seamless contemporary open plan with more intimate areas, all of which should be rooted into the natural surroundings.
Designing the way the owners wanted to live here on holiday was a key driver for the interiors. “The details, interest and information had to be in the architecture, the fixtures, wall features and furniture,” says Robyn. “The design of this was absolutely making sure those aspects did all the work.”