Constantia House

Site: Alongside a redundant historic water cistern on a heritage wine farm.

Construction: House – brick, plaster, slate. Cistern – concrete, brick vaults

A floor plan provided by the owner was modified and resolved 3-dimensionally as a ‘village’ of intersecting roofs of size and height reflecting the function of the underlying rooms. The house is served by a sunken water cistern that was renovated and brought back into use. Part of the vaulted roof of the cistern which was structurally unsound was removed to create a walled open courtyard. The cistern relates to the house spatially and functionally by providing space for grey water recycling, rainwater storage and purification, irrigation pumps, photovoltaic electricity + batteries, and a walled kitchen garden.