A versatile building that was designed to make the most of the scenic views of the and to accommodate a family that required four separate yet largely identical apartment units Zambeze is exceptional in more ways than one.
On the inside the picture changes dramatically with the more inviting oak ceiling and floors creating a relaxing atmosphere for the entire family while a cozy upholstered nook next to the fireplace and the large dining area create a generous social zone. A perfect contemporary hangout full of light!
While the outline of the house borrows inspiration from the plot it sits on and aims to make the most of the limited space on offer on the inside it is the dramatic spiral staircase structure that demands your attention instantly.
Despite its contemporary appeal great care was taken during the construction of the house to ensure that it fit in with the landscape and its natural beauty. Elements such as natural stone and cement blocks only help in accentuating this connection between the modern and the traditional local architectural elements to offer the best of both worlds.
Glazed corner windows influence both the visual appeal of the exterior and the functionality indoors by allowing the homeowners to easily utilize even the tiniest of corner nooks while dark cedar ushers in textural contrast.
But the distinct façade of in California instantly sets it apart from the crowd and this sense of splendor and uniqueness continues indoors thanks to a mesmerizing staircase that leaves you speechless. Designed by Belzberg Architects it is the location of the house the special demands of the lot on which it sits and the leafy landscape that surrounds it that dictate its overall form.
Features such as the stone walls in the kitchen and the bathroom and the striking ‘sabina beams’ have been carefully preserved while the newly added gorgeous window frames along with the concrete and white chalk-plastered stone walls aim to recreate the magic of the past. It is this fusion that gives the modest retreat its exceptional character and transports you back in time to a simpler period.