Houses are made. Homes are created. The Hills 608 is elegantly perched atop the hill overlooking a valley of untamed green to the north and frames Pretoria’s distant nightlight on the western horizon. As an extension of the hillside the structure gently arises from its landscape and curiously peeks onto the rest of the estate below. As one ascends the house a modest, clean facade lies in wait with outstretched arms. The front door welcomes one into the core of the building, the crosshair of the main axes determined by the blossoming view of the valleys beneath. To the west a generous double garage marks the conception of the north-south axis. It leads into the combined scullery/laundry room which slips into a drying yard facing northwest. An open plan kitchen area extends past the featured stairwell into the lounge. Decking spans across to the pool which seems a ﬂoating threshold connecting near and far. The dining and braai areas gladly entertain a merry gathering with a patch of grass to allow for a game of two-on-two football. The ﬁrst ﬂoor houses three bedrooms each basking in the lovely, northern sun. Bedrooms 1 and 2 share a bathroom whereas the main bedroom is spoiled with its own. Delicately tucked away in the notch of the roof lies a space for contemplative as well as a mysterious play room for the youngsters. The servant quarters can double as an additional apartment and has its own entrance. The simplicity of the design unveils the beauty of the space; the functionality of the structure ensures a sustainable and efﬁcient house; the people who enlivens it create home.
Innovation & Green Design
The house incorporates the use of passive design principles. By designing a building which uses less energy, that results in long term savings. This is achieved through incorporating ‘passive design principals’ into the design of the building, without necessarily costing more. It might be achieved through correct orientation of the structure, passive evaporative cooling, through the correct placing of pools or other water bodies, material usage & thicknesses, calculating overhangs according to the angle of the sun during the different seasons, (in order to reduce direct sunlight on the walls & glass in summer, but allow direct sunlight onto walls and through apertures in the winter), eliminate deep spaces which will need artiﬁcial lighting, natural and cross ventilation, etc. elements that inﬂuences the comfort of the occupant, without resorting to artiﬁcial heating and cooling such as air conditioning or heating units. Other sustainable systems such as rain, grey and black-water harvesting and treatment. Solar geysers and solar under-ﬂoor heating systems are also included.