Die Laan 33

Stellenbosch Central

Die Laan 33 is a special project for BE3 Architects. It is not often that we get a chance to work within the heart of Stellenbosch. It is a privilege that comes with responsibility! Onsite was an old house – dark, cold and rather unappealing. The client was looking into the possibility of reinventing it. After doing a complete feasibility study, including heritage and structural input and costing comparing concept designs for a major refurbishment versus demolition and starting with a clean slate it was decided to opt for the latter. All required processes were followed, and approvals obtained. The old house was demolished salvaging the oregan pine roof structure for re-use.  What will be build is a contemporary home with a 2nd dwelling unit at the furthest end of the plot. The architectural language is clearly 2020 but sensitive in scale, material use and proportion to the streetscape of the area. One of the main challenges is a 4-storey flat block bordering the northern side of the plot. So, creating privacy and good orientation were tricky. Elegantly floating roofs open to the north east sun without compromising privacy. By using three blocks that are exactly equal in size we are hoping for economy in repetition and ease of construction. A special project in a special setting for a special client.