Aloe Ridge House by Metropole Architects is located in the Eden Rock Coastal Forest Estate on the southern coast of Kwa Zulu Natal, South Africa. The setting is lush and the atmosphere is serene. It would have been easy to rely on glazings and neutrals to create a backdrop to the treed views beyond but the architects and owners knew that so much more could be achieved by not playing it safe. Enter code blue. Blue was already a dominant design feature within the backyard pool, but why stop there? Why not take that fresh and sparkling hue and flood the interiors with the same fresh approach? Why this works so well is thanks to the walls of glazings that open wide and out of the way to connect the social zones with the pool terrace AND the clerestory windows along the opposite wall. The clerestory windows keep the gemstone blue wall fresh and bright while the area rug underneath the dining table layers in both blues and earth tones as a visual flow from the interior to the exterior. It’s a totally garden fresh look even though it features blue.
As boldly beautiful as the blue interior is, the exterior presents a neutral facade and the home rises from the site as though it is part of it. This is partially due to the large boulders carefully positioned throughout the front of the property creating a connection to the stone wall and the facade that rises above it. Even the linear row of windows between the rock wall and the 2nd storey add a touch of lightness that otherwise would make the facade appear heavy and disconnected from the land.
Don’t you just love how the landscape lighting is positioned to create large foliage shadows on the building from the trees below?
Aloe Ridge House is a 2 storey building that does not include the garage within the main structure. Instead the architects extended a single storey volume to the side of the home to house the double garage.
The entry to the home is right next to the garage, on the side of the building. By locating the entry off to the side, the door can be one complete glazing without worries about privacy.