It’s hard to imagine the previous incarnation of this compact, sunny guest suite with its sumptuous finishes and clever use of storage space. A tiny outbuilding on a property in Tamboerskloof, Cape Town, it was cramped, dark and airless.
WHAT THEY DID
1. In converting it into stylish new lodgings that could function independently from the main building, architect Christiaan van Aswegen from AGH Architects, divided it into three zones – living/sleeping, bathroom and kitchenette/storage. ‘Since the room is located beneath an existing garage and is tucked into the embankment of a steeply sloping site, we were limited in the structural changes we could affect,’ he explains. The concrete-slab roof structure and retaining walls on two sides were left unaltered.
2. They removed the existing internal partition wall that separated the bathroom from the rest of the space and knocked out doors and windows to be replaced with floor-to-ceiling sliding doors to maximise on natural light from a service courtyard. The result is a space that is rationally planned and abstract but has a low-key, warm and inviting feel.
This article was originally featured in the July 2014 issue of House and Leisure.