Due to the complexity of the project, STRUXIT was approached by the owner/builder to take over the structural engineering design responsibility. On appointment, the contractor was already on-site and the foundations and retaining walls were already built. This added to the complexity as we had to redesign the entire building while incorporating the now-existing foundations and walls into our design.
This 3000sqm masterpiece, designed by Nico van der Meulen Architects, incorporated a number of complicated design elements and features. The use of both concrete and steel, together with bespoke architectural elements, further complicated our initial design as well as the detailed design process.
The concept for this house was an abstract sculptural edifice taken from huge granite boulders strewn around the site. In order to achieve the architectural design intent, we had to incorporate 6m cantilever floors supporting multiple levels above, together with multiple steel load transfer elements, as well as a steel link bridge. The structure was ultimately cladded with a specialized clip-on façade consisting of various interlinking and constantly changing façade planes. STRUXIT’s expertise and specialist skills set enabled the successful delivery of this conceptual design.