SAOTA renovates 19th century farm buildings by stripping away earlier refurbishments

SAOTA renovates 19th century farm buildings by stripping away earlier refurbishments

4 févr. 2021 Nouvelles

SAOTA renovated a cluster of buildings on a former farm by studying its history and stripping away earlier refurbishments done in the 70’s. The farm consists of a main building, two barns and a former wine store.

Adam Letch

The buildings were constructed in the usual techniques used by Dutch settlers in the Cape. Walls of poured mud or clay that were cast layer by layer up to 700 millimeters (28 inch). In the main building the original yellowwood beams were restored. The timber floors were rotten and were replaced with poplar planks. Screed floors in the kitchen and dining area were refinished using stone pavers out of the field.

Adam Letch

Wherever new modern materials were introduced they were carefully selected to match with the existing fabric. The shower and kitchen floor as well as kitchen island were clad in terrazzo.

Adam Letch

“We looked for a contemporary material that spoke to the original materials.The terrazzo felt like a way to work between the old and the new, where the new felt like it had some kind of genesis in the old.”
Greg Truen, Director at SAOTA

Adam Letch

Poplar shutters were added to all windows to enhance thermal qualities. The architects opted for recessed lights on the exterior walls to keep the integrity of the facade intact.

Adam Letch

“For me it was a really interesting experience to go and find materials on site, and then build something that is so fundamentally in tune with the climate and performs so much better than any contemporary building.” 
Greg Truen, Director at SAOTA

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