ELLE Decoration (UK) - - Homes -

Nes­tled in the banks of the Sweni River, shaded by a grove of an­cient, cac­tus-like eu­phor­bia trees, sit the seven svelte boxes of wood, glass and steel that make up Sin­gita Sweni Lodge. The des­ti­na­tion is a minia­ture vil­lage of sleek, low-slung hol­i­day houses, all con­ceived by Sally Tsiliyian­nis of Cape Town-based Gapp Ar­chi­tects and Ur­ban De­sign­ers to have min­i­mal im­pact on the en­vi­ron­ment. ‘ We knew we had to work hard to max­imise the spa­ces,’ says Sally, who de­signed the houses to look as though they were ‘ hun­kered down’ in the land­scape. But in or­der for them not to feel small on the in­side, she opened up the main re­cep­tion area en­tirely, adding a bar and deli area, as well as a win­ter lounge with, out­side, a firepit and deck­ing that ex­tends the build­ing out onto and over the river. It’s not just the colours of this in­te­rior that were in­spired by their set­ting – all of the ma­te­ri­als also mir­ror their sur­round­ings, from smooth woods to tas­selled cush­ions that mir­ror the shape of lush leaves.

The bar The mar­ble coun­ter­top is from World of Mar­ble and Gran­ite, with ce­ram­ics dis­played on top – for a sim­i­lar vase try Pols Pot­ten. Be­side the bar sit lounge chairs and a floor lamp by Cé­cile & Boyd – try Twen­tytwen­ty­one for sim­i­lar de­signs...

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