Melrose Manor – Roof patios and Swimming pool
The roof patios on the North façade of Melrose Manor consist of a series of arches with steel cut-out screens to ensure a visual connection between each roof patio while at the same time ensuring privacy. These openings allow for chance encounters between residents and encourage conversation and a sense of community while drawing inspiration from the Mediterranean character of the existing building. The concept was to create a series of soft, comfortable spaces that soak up the sun and becomes a blank canvas where each residents private garden becomes the main focus. By adding a 1,5m deep covered patio along the length of the apartments on First floor the total floor area of the units could be increased to allow for a larger Living room and a Bedroom with en-suite bathroom. These covered patios become a balcony for the Second floor units with a beautiful north facing view.
The design of the dining room garden at Melrose Manor was strongly influenced by the unique Mediterranean character of the existing building which various arched windows and openings and the swimming pool which had to be retained within this space. A central garden pagoda allows for a sheltered seating space surrounded by planters and planted screens where residents can sit in the shade and enjoy tea or refreshments. Planted screens ensure privacy from the surrounding residential buildings. The layout of the garden was organized based on the classical principle of creating a vista along an axis towards a planted arch as the focal point when viewed from the dining room. Shaded seating is placed along the axis next to the water fountains to create a tranquil space where residents can sit and enjoy the garden.
- Project Value: R4 million
- Project Size: 2000 m²
- Project Type: Senior Living; Residential
- Status: Concept proposal