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fynbos house in Betty’s Bay

There’s something remarkably special about the little seaside hamlet of Betty’s Bay which lies along the scenic Overberg coast of South Africa’s Western Cape province. It’s quietly rustic charm and abundance of natural flora makes this holiday town uniquely special. All too often, holiday homes spring up and spoil the indigenous fynbos, sticking out like a sore thumb. However, the very special Fynbos House, belonging to architect Sarah Calburn, has been designed to dwell harmoniously with its surrounding landscape by complementing the natural scenery instead of dominating it.


Speaking of her philosophy towards building, Sarah says, “A question I ask my architectural self is what it is to be “between”. What is it to work in the space between architecture and landscape. Land is too often regarded as being passive – a site to be built upon, conquered and covered. Land is also more than a simple, sometimes-beautiful backdrop.

So it’s no longer about simply designing a house on a site, it’s about getting between: between the great humpbacked mountains; the dense coastal thicket; the violent weather; the delicate beauty of the fynbos; surfing the conceptual wave of freezing blue seas and blinding beaches; the wind-free zones; the long lunches; the view from the bed.”






This successful marriage of architectural and landscape is truly a thing of beauty.

view the article on Visi. Photography by David Ross.

beach house bliss

Hello everyone! It seems as if summer has finally arrived in Cape Town…what a beautiful day we had yesterday! I’m such a water person and absolutely love the beach. We are totally spoilt for choice when it comes to gorgeous beaches in the Cape and most have quite different characteristics, especially when it comes to the water temperature! So when I spotted this New Zealand beach house designed by Crosson Clarke Carnachan, I was smitten.

I love compact, practical homes, particularly when they’re a holiday home. They seem to require a far more pared down approach to their design which makes use of all the available space. And besides, who wants a high maintenance holiday home, right? This beach house is utterly unique and embraces the ethos of minimalism without sacrificing a mindfulness to good craftsmanship. At a mere 40 square meters, this beach house can either be totally open to the view when the sliding shutters are concertinaed upwards, or protected from the elements when the shutters are slid down. It’s cleverly designed with minimal impact to the landscape, incorporating an industrial vibe with the use of raw fixtures. I could absolutely spend my vacation there…except New Zealand is a bit far!








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