A word about “contemporary” architecture

Contemporary should not be confused with ”Modern Architecture” which is really a style belonging to a certain era. Contemporary architecture at its most literal meaning, is the architecture being produced in the now, the architecture of the moment. So in this sense “contemporary” is not limited to a single stylistic thread but it infers appropriateness, and is meant to imply current worldwide approaches to architecture that are relevant to both time and place.

When one speaks of a country house, the images that are conjured up is a house in the countryside that is by its very nature warm, inviting and offers rest, recuperation and respite from the pressures of our current world.

In the case of Windspur Estate the design combines different natural materials and textures (stone, timber) & muted natural colours that are found in the area with contemporary materials like steel & glass.

This combination of textures and colours coupled with simplified roof shapes that are often one of the main elements of a contemporary home, leads to simplicity of internal spaces with timber pergolas assisting in the gradual transfer to external spaces.

A very important part of contemporary country architecture, actually any building, is the importance of and attention to architectural detailing and appropriate interior design.

It is a sophisticated style reflective of contemporary living and in this case it strives to be in harmony with the beauty and tranquility of the KZN Midlands.

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