GIFA Award of Merit 2017 : House Wisse by Robert Serman Architect

House Wisse by Robert Serman Architect


Architects:   Robert Serman Architect

A contemporary home on a highveld farm setting and in a security estate.

Can a house behave like a sunny, rectangular-legged lizard or gecko in the Highveld winter sun? This house lives on the simple and the easy – both enveloping the occupants in the environment as creatures that belong here but also providing new and alternative ways to view nature and its processes close up.   The simplicty of plan, flow, squared filigree screens and delightful courtyards are handled with growing confidence and an ease that promises even more gems from the same architect in the future.  The courtyards provide intimate alternatives to the Highveld expanses and windswept horizontality. Floors that become ledges that become bookshelves.  Few would escape the spell of this most Highveld of houses.