When Sforza Seilern Architects—a collaboration between Studio Seilern Architects and Muzia Sforza—were commissioned to design a home overlooking breathtaking views of a man-made dam, their challenge became creating an equally awe-inspiring design to match the landscape. Fortunately, the team prevailed with the Gota Dam Residence, a beautiful home set on a large granite rock that boasts panoramic views of the reservoir and farmland, while protecting the interior from the harsh sun.
Built for a musician, the 1,500-square-meter home and recording studio are sandwiched between two oversized cantilevered timber roofs that frame views of the landscape and shelter the home from unwanted solar gain. The living areas are enclosed in full-height glass and set back from the granite cliff that plunges dramatically into the reservoir. Locally sourced granite blocks frame the bedrooms and support spaces. A horizontal pool that juts out at the lower level visually ties the artificial reservoir with the home.
Almost all of the construction materials used on the Gota Dam Residence were sourced locally, save for the glass and roof waterproofing. The garage’s unique woven appearance is made from rebar and inspired by the local culture of basket weaving. Circular cutouts in the timber platforms create light wells for trees. “Strategically placed windows, creating corners and band cuts into the granite cube offer dramatic views of the cliff and the jungle below,” said the architects of the recording studio. The Gota Dam Residence is the designers’ first completed project in Africa.
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