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Vygenhoek Organic Spa
Dullstroom district, Mpumalanga

THOMASHOFF + PARTNER ARCHITECTS: Architect
Date:2009
Client:Charne le Roux
Type:Health spa
Status:Extant
2009SAIA MP Award for Architecture

Award citation
Vrygenhoek Organic Spa follows the architectural idiom of what has become a contemporary rural vernacular of shedded spaces in barn-like pavilions. The use of materials is restricted, the stone sourced locally, to create a quiet architecture that blends, or will as natural vegetation returns, with its setting. While not all the service devices are operational the design accommodates future energy and water saving facilities. There is a strong spacial play in the main pavilion and the spaces engage the views, although perhaps to the detriment of climatic efficiency. The project is recipient of the MIA Award for Architecture.

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

South African Institute of Architects. 2010. Awards : South African Institute of Architects. Awards for Excellence, Awards of Merit, Regional Awards for Architecture 2009/2010. Cape Town: Picasso for SAIA. pg 96
MPIA Adjudication Panel Vygenhoek Organic Spa: in South African Institute of Architects. 2010. Awards : South African Institute of Architects. Awards for Excellence, Awards of Merit, Regional Awards for Architecture 2009/2010: pp 96