The Astonishing Mountain House by Van Der Merwe Miszewski Architects

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Project: Mountain House
Architects: Van Der Merwe Miszewski Architects
Location: Cape Town, South Africa
Photographs by: Van Der Merwe Miszewski Architects

Mountain House by Van Der Merwe Miszewski Architects

The Astonishing Mountain House by Van Der Merwe Miszewski Architects

Located on the foot of Table Mountain next to the Table Mountain National Park, the Mountain House is actually a contemporary home for 1 family in which was designed by Van Der Merwe Miszewski Architects. The home is actually split up into 5 structures which are tucked into the inclining territory in order to have minimal effect on the environment.

The Astonishing Mountain House by Van Der Merwe Miszewski Architects

The 5 structures of the Mountain House are designed in order in which they imitate the lie in addition to also also untruth of the area like leave leaves in which have tumbled down the mountain. The living areas have been made by utilizing an age-old convention of utilizing stone dividers into the scene which also can be used as porches in addition to also also stages.

The Astonishing Mountain House by Van Der Merwe Miszewski Architects

The Astonishing Mountain House by Van Der Merwe Miszewski Architects

The Astonishing Mountain House by Van Der Merwe Miszewski Architects

coming from the architects: “In order to achieve the least impact on the site, the house is actually comprised of 5 pavilions which are tucked into the sloping terrain surrounded by the existing natural fynbos which stretches coming from the mountain slopes above the site to the road below. The 5 pavilions mimic the lie of the land in addition to also also lie like leaves in which have fallen down the mountain. The pavilions are in sympathy with the surrounding context in order to achieve as little visual impact as possible on the existing natural landscape.”

The Astonishing Mountain House by Van Der Merwe Miszewski Architects

The Astonishing Mountain House by Van Der Merwe Miszewski Architects

The Astonishing Mountain House by Van Der Merwe Miszewski Architects

“Habitable spaces have been created by using the age-old tradition of inserting stone walls into the landscape, thereby creating usable terraces in addition to also also platforms. The colors of these stone walls emulate those of the cliffs of Table Mountain above in addition to also also its presence anchors the design into the landscape.


The wavy roof is actually like a piece of the site lifted off the ground, settling over the habitable spaces in addition to also also platforms. The concrete roof curves in both directions in addition to also also takes its cue coming from the curved nature of the cliff faces on Table Mountain above in addition to also also the contouring slope of the site below. The roof therefore simulates the curve of the mountain face in addition to also also the lie of the land.”

The Astonishing Mountain House by Van Der Merwe Miszewski Architects

The Astonishing Mountain House by Van Der Merwe Miszewski Architects

The Astonishing Mountain House by Van Der Merwe Miszewski Architects

The Astonishing Mountain House by Van Der Merwe Miszewski Architects

The Astonishing Mountain House by Van Der Merwe Miszewski Architects

The Astonishing Mountain House by Van Der Merwe Miszewski Architects

The Astonishing Mountain House by Van Der Merwe Miszewski Architects

The Astonishing Mountain House by Van Der Merwe Miszewski Architects

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