Site: Bordering a heritage wine farm with historic water cistern.
Construction: House – brick, plaster, slate. Existing cistern – concrete, brick vaults
A floor plan provided by the owner was modified and resolved 3-dimensionally with intersecting roofs reflecting the size and importance of their rooms. The house stands adjacent to a redundant sunken water cistern with heritage value. 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 kitchen garden.