- Architecture & development
Wandering aimlessly through the South African desert of Paarl, at one point you bump into an imposing sculptural volume. An oasis in the middle of the desert? It sure exists. Let us take a look together at this phenomenal work by Studio JVW, where an extraordinary play of light and shadow triggers your curiosity to explore.
With his Studio JVW, young Jaun van Wyk seeks concepts that reach far beyond the conforming. The Amsterdam-based design studio likes to create total concepts where it takes on exterior architecture as well as interior and design, allowing all elements to merge into a coherent whole. Moreover, the studio also pays attention to visualisations; a logical consequence of their work where adaptivity and visual power are key. Because of this dynamic approach, the studio refuses to categorise itself into any particular design discipline; a wise decision that allows creativity to run wild. Transformations inspired by a broad scale of influences, cultures and interactions are what the design agency goes for. A total break with everyday urban life and an absolute fusion of man and nature, that is what you can count on JVW for. The fact that van Wyk is making it far does not surprise us. His latest project shining in its own right at the foot of the Paarlberg shows what a true masterpiece should look like. Slightly resembling a bunker from a science fiction film, this concrete concept breaks away from the surrounding nature while at the same time paying it great homage. The barren landscape that once lost its battle with the power of the sun is at odds with this design where shadow seems to dominate. The play of light and shadow seeping into the interior of the concept was achieved by reinterpreting the conventional way of living: ‘The rules of spatial planning, we prefer not to abide by them,’ says van Wyk. This immediately explains the immeasurable scale of the house and its wide openness.
The arid landscape that once lost its battle with the power of the sun is at odds with this design
The unexpected serenity that the interior exudes was just what the resident couple craved. Private and semi-private spaces alternate, allowing the tranquillity of the interior spaces to vary with unexpected twists, albeit in a sleek setting. The vintage and historical design pieces that were rationally positioned at each spot of the design represent local cultural values and hint at the connection between the property and local artisans. In the process, imperfection is also praised: every scratch and shape tells a story that honours the natural environment.
Visualisations by Spectrum