Architecture · March 4, 2021 0

A Home Gym Was Built On Top Of The Guest House At This Rural Property

South African firm Malan Vorster Architecture, Interior Design, has designed the addition of a home gym to the existing context of a property in Constantia, Cape Town.

A modern home gym with a wood exterior, sloped roof, and green roof.

The gym was added onto the existing concrete slab roof of an older guest cottage and storage area.

A modern home gym sits above a guest suite.

Steel and timber construction methods were employed to minimize the impact of concrete and other wet works, as most of the components could be manufactured off-site, reducing the environmental impact of the construction process.

A modern stone and wood home gym and guest suite.

The guest suite received an update with a new open-plan layout, finishes, and furnishings. There’s a main room with a minimalist kitchen, a living room with a wood wall that surrounds a television, and a dining area.

A modern guest suite with a kitchenette, living room, dining area, and separate bedroom with en-suite.

Wood doors on either side of the TV wall open to reveal a bedroom and en-suite bathroom.

A modern guest suite with a kitchenette, living room, dining area, and separate bedroom with en-suite.

Wood-lined stairs with hidden lighting and a skylight connect the guest suite with the upstairs gym.

Modern wood lined stairs with a skylight and hidden lighting.
Modern wood lined stairs with a skylight and hidden lighting.

In regards to the design, the architect’s mention, “The roof is expressed as a folded and floating copper canopy, with two opposite corners lifted upwards to afford views into the adjacent oak trees.”

A modern home gym with glass walls that open to the outdoors.

Sliding glass walls connect to the outdoors, creating an open workout space.

A modern home gym with glass walls that open to the outdoors.

The gym also has aero-foil timber screens that can be adjusted by the inhabitant to suit one’s need for privacy when exercising, or to open up views to the north-eastern gardens and historic cork oak trees situated there.

A home gym with aero-foil timber screens that provide privacy when needed.

Here’s a look at the floor plan that shows the guest suite on the lower level, and the gym on the upper level.

A modern home gym was added on top of a separate guest suite for a house in Cape Town.
Photography by Adam Letch | Architect’ Firm: Malan Vorster Architecture, Interior Design | Lead Architects: Pieter Malan, Jan-Heyn Vorster & Peter Urry | Structural Engineer: Design Tech Structural Engineers | Quantity Surveyors: Heinrich Beer Quantity Surveyors | Landscape Designer: Mary Maurel | Main Contractor: Arnold Meiring | Specialist carpenter: Theunis Naude | Specialist Metalwork: Link Engineering | Specialist Cabinetry: Versfeld