by Carbon Design Associates
Location: Dakar, Senegal
Flats / Private House
(Design Architect at Carbon Design Associates)
The site was located on the peninsula, facing the Atlantic Ocean, in the forefront of West Africa. Client wished to have a building with his own house on his property of 20 meters wide and 25 meters deep. The building had five floors and a basement, providing owner’s house on the top two floors, six flats for rental dwelling spaces on the upper two floors, and a social area of entry hall, gym, and lounge on the ground floor, the basement being allotted for parking.
A gap was created between neighbors and building volume by setting back, and also the building volume was floated so that the property gained improved privacy and secured space for private area. The volume itself was opened to the west, and each space was organized in accordance with the outside deck space. This construction further allowed open-plan living room under warm temperature with natural light featured by vast luxuriant views expanded toward the ocean and the historical context.
In owner’s house, a swimming pool was set between living room and external balcony. Here the inhabitant within the room would perceive no boundary between the surface of the swimming pool and the sky, while the surface of the pool gave rise to various impressions, depending on the temporally and seasonally changing weather.
The volume was wrapped with screen so that internal spaces gained patterns different from those at facade. The thickness of the screen and the gap between screen and the windows could yield effect of a dynamic buffer of shadows. The inhabitants would enjoy the filtered light as well as a plenty of natural light on the balcony.