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House Roux
Magaliesburg, Gauteng

Patrick WATSON: Architect and Landscape


House Roux at the Cradle of humankind in Gauteng. Located in Magaliesburg, Patrick Watson was the author of both the landscape as well as the building for the client. Iwan Roux, owner of Rekopane Landscape, a landscaping contractor that does a lot of work with Mr. Watson has also been involved in the majority of the implementation work, earth moving and execution of Mr. Watson's design . The site has organically developed over the last 10 years, and is now near completion, that is to say the site has been landscaped to its maximum. The interesting thing about the architecture is that it can be read as a landscape, the courtyard typology building utilises a stone wall as armature and hosts several functional enclaves and is linked with a curved circulation passage spine. The building as landscape metaphor is exemplified in the tree packed courtyards, where existing tree-stems form a living backdrop, this together with a green roof above the passage makes the design feel more like a piece of landscape than a building. Water is an important feature in the garden, and has been used over the last several years as a feature in the landscaped areas. The site can be unpacked as a narrative journey with different rooms, functions, rare plants, and outside spaces, all tied together visually with what the client calls a "ribbon in the landscape".

(Thomas Wallace Honiball, April 2021)