This sizable residence of 2000 m² is situated on a beautiful piece of land on the periphery of Lusaka, Zambia.
Lusaka Residence makes quite an impression as the client brief requested a building that was circular in plan. Executing a circular building correctly is a challenge in itself and made more difficult by the size of the programme.
Sculptures by Richard Serra served as inspiration and concept for the architect. This is portrayed by curved slanting walls and the use of weathering steel as the main material for the exterior of the building, all of which form part of the overall design language creating exciting and wonderful internal spaces.
Mimicking the curvatures of the building on the interior is a large sculpted spiral staircase, surrounded on either side by curved glass windows that allow for an excellent view of the beautiful setting.
The extensive programme of this residence stretches over five levels – basement, lower ground, ground, upper ground and first floor. The ground floor consists of a large double volume entrance foyer and formal lounge with the feature staircase suspended over an indoor reflection pond. The rest of the ground floor levels consist of a spacious double volume family room, kitchen, dining area and vast entertainment wing. A private guest wing is located on the upper east ground floor, containing its own private amenities. A chapel space and family museum can also be found on the ground floor level.
The first floor is allocated to house the private spaces and bedrooms, whilst the wine cellar and home theatre can be found in the basement.
There is a certain vernacular to the architecture which belongs to the area – translated into a contemporary language.