Francolin Lodge & Orange Restaurant
The kitchen is partially screened with a low brick wall. Glazing on top of the wall gives the diner a view into the activities of the kitchen and add to the relaxed yet stylish atmosphere. Attention to detail and play with texture and colour add to the welcoming atmosphere of the restaurant.
A gold painted S-curved wall divides the service areas, office and bathrooms from the dining and kitchen areas. The conference facility is next to the main entrance. An operable wall allow for one large or two smaller facilities. The main entrance is accessed along a wide textured path with a Koi pond on one side and a stone clad wall on the other side.
Wide doors lead the visitor to the reception space with views to the townscape. The reception links the conference and dining areas. A wide flight of steps lead the visitor to the lower level garden, pool and deck. Underneath the veranda the level difference between the upper and lower levels allowed for a cellar and wine tasting room.
The new guest units were designed to accommodate two standard units on ground level and two family units on the upper level with a mezzanine floor. An S-shaped curved wall divides the units and create an interesting element. The bedroom has built-in beds with the kitchen directly behind. The bathroom is open plan with the bedroom but with some privacy, the look is minimal, yet intimate.
Texture, colour and light accommodate intimacy and warmth. Each unit has a private balcony with excellent views to the surrounding scenery. The exterior of the building is a marriage between 1950's architecture of the existing residence-turned-restaurant and contemporary architecture with a link to nature. On-grade parking was formed between existing trees and rocky outcrops to retain the Lowveld landscape.
With the refurbishment and alterations to the existing residence the brief induced the creation of space which amplifies the itinerant experience with the introduction of eight new guest units, a conference facility and restaurant enriched with vibrant colours and panoramic views over a rolling Lowveld cityscape.
[Cecelia Architects CC, March 2010]
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