PROJECT: SWEET VALLEY
LOCATION: CONSTANTIA, CAPE TOWN
PHOTOGRAPHIC/IMAGERY CREDITS: RLR ARCHITECTS
The concept was to develop the property into a close nit community, with the characteristics of a rural cape village as an alternative to typical gated security suburbs.
The conceptual design aims to work with and reinforce the pre-existing characteristics of the existing cape rural landscape, such as meadows, mature tree groves and distant mountain vistas. The northern edge of the site is a vlei wetland inside existing 50 year flood plains and was considered as an opportunity to include communal green space as a key element of the development.
Typical characteristics would include:
A Green belt avenue at the heart of the development that extends into private green lands to be used by residents as a communal leisure area. The proposal suggests a light approach to minimize disturbance of natural habitats in this area, by the use of raised boardwalks, no-go areas, etc.
A boardwalk meandering through the development to tie communal green areas together and connect them to residential units.
The use of low werf walls and features to define boundaries accompanied by the use of permeable fencing and hedges to provide privacy and screening elements.
Balance between the use of a Contemporary and Traditional Architectural aesthetic.
Retaining and designing new dwellings around features in the landscape and existing mature trees.
Design for defensible space, passive, and active security to promote safety within the development.