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House Rosmarin
Clarens, Free State

Michael Kenneth SCHOLES: Design Architect
MICHAEL SCHOLES and ASSOCIATE ARCHITECTS : Architect

Date:2004
Type:Homestead
Status:Extant
2005SAIA FS Award for Architecture

House Rosmarin is a three bedroom holiday home .The accommodation includes three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a guest toilet, combined lounge/dining/kitchen, storeroom, covered patio and single garage.

The site is at the west end of Clarens in a beautiful valley with magnificent 180° views of sandstone cliffs and mountains, typical of the region. The property has a gradient of 1:5 sloping towards the north and the main view.

A low budget and the steep gradient suggested a narrow rectangle as the form of the house. This would minimise cut and fill and by making the structure one room in depth, enabling all rooms, including the bathrooms, to enjoy the view of the mountain. In an area of very cold winters it also meant that each room would have a north orientation.

The family wished to have a holiday home where functions would be integrated and centred upon a single integrated living area. The double-volumed central space was devised as the hub of the house. A bridge crossing this space serves as the link between the divide of the parents' and children's sleeping areas.

Click here for brochure presented to the Free State Institute of Architects (10.3 MB)

All truncated references not fully cited below are those of Joanna Walker's original text and cited in full in the 'Bibliography' entry of the Lexicon.


Writings about this entry

Raman, Pattabi G and Olivier, Jako. 2009. Architecture of the third landscape : Award-winning buildings of the Free State. Bloemfontein: Exposure. pg 108-115
Raman, Pattabi G & Olivier, Jako House Rosmarin, Clarens, Michael Scholes and Associate Architect: in Raman, Pattabi G and Olivier, Jako. 2009. Architecture of the third landscape : Award-winning buildings of the Free State: pp 108-115