The conceptual design proposal for the renovation of the old hennery and stables of an historic Stellenbosch Cape Dutch farmstead.
Two new spacious guest rooms are accommodated within the footprint of the existing hennery and stable. The existing exposed timber roof structure is re-used, but elevated and fixed down to a new steel post support structure that elegantly contrasts with the solid, 600 – 800mm thick, historic clay walls. Cladded, timber stud walls span between the steel posts and infill areas and can easily be distinguished from the historic walls.
The historic walls are kept intact apart from the insertion of two new doors along the north western façade to allow entry into the guest units. Each unit steps out onto a private stoep, of which the degree of privacy can be varied by the use of folding and stacking timber screens.
Although the contemporary intervention clearly contrasts with the existing building, an effort is made to ensure it both compliments and enhances the existing historic fabric.
Renovation & restoration