Category: Resort

Blackwood Studio is set high on the mountain slopes of Hout Bay with panoramic views across the valley to the mountains of the 12 Apostles.

It is an example of creating a generous and spacious interior living space with a small footprint – in this case with a building area of under 50 sq.m. The main rectangular form, with its high mono-pitched roof with clerestory windows along the back and large glass sliding doors along the front add to the sense of spaciousness. A secondary lower form along the back, with a lean-to roof, accommodates the kitchenette, a storage area (accessible from the outside & providing space for a future PV System), and the bathroom, keeping the main volume open and free of these ‘utility’ spaces. Even the bath, set in the corner of the main volume, doesn’t detract from the spaciousness as its sunken – set flush with the floor – so that one gets a clear view over it though the corner windows.

The structural system is timber frame on a suspended timber floor structure on timber posts, which was the ideal solution for the steep site. The deck steps 2 steps down from the main floor level, which had the dual purpose of bringing it closer to the natural ground level visually and dropping the balustrade handrail below ones line of site when taking in the valley views from inside. Sliding slatted timber shutters provide shading and privacy to the expansive glass sliding doors, doing away with the need for interior blinds or curtains.

Blackwood Studio is available for holiday rentals – Air BnB


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Poise Consulting Engineers

Agodi Gardens is a park in Ibadan, Oyo Province, Nigeria. We were part of the professional team led by consultants Earthworks Landscape Architects, in a programme to re-develop the park. As infill to the broader scope of work, which included large re-planted areas, clearing and re-opening natural waterways, walkways and pedestrian bridges, open picnic areas and a waterpark with slides and pools, we provided architectural services for the buildings within the park. This included the entrance building with food courts and outdoor covered seating areas, ablution buildings and the pool area entrance and change room building.

The buildings structural type is hybrid timber and blockwork. The food court has a glass and timber post and beam facade, with the kitchens and service areas built of concrete blockwork. Floating roofs, supported on tree-like structural posts provide shade and shaded filtered light to the outdoor seated areas.



Young and Satharia Consulting Structural and Civil Engineers



This project was done with Tracey and Donald Brink while I was a partner at Tradon Architects & Consultants       (now Brink Architects) in Knysna.



This project was done with Tracey and Donald Brink while I was a partner at Tradon Architects & Consultants       in Knysna.

The predominant structural material used was SA Pine, with roughsawn ‘wany edge’ planks used for the external cladding. An exception to this was the bathroom areas to the cabins, which were built on concrete foundations with stone clad brick walls.

The wany edge boards were ‘as they come’ from the sawmill, without any planing or finishing, giving a rough bush lodge feel to the exterior. The interiors were however, finely detailed and finished, to provide sleek and luxurious accomodation.