We were invited to work with DHK Architects to create an aesthetically pleasing, solid surfacing bathroom for the Norval Foundation that was conceptually intriguing.
The Norval Foundation is situated in Steenberg Estate in Cape Town, adjacent to Table Mountain National Park and has become a haven for artistic expression. The architectural details of the building answer to the environmental elements that it finds itself in, while celebrating the nature that surrounds it. The design of the building was conceptualized by DHK Architects, who reached out to us to help with a few elements of the project. We were delighted to be part of this wonderful project.
DHK Architects approached us to be involved in the project not only on a surface level but also to be involved in the design, conceptualization and installation of all of their vanity units. The vanity units required us to build a support structure for the units as well as create a solid surfacing cladding. Additionally, we created a central vanity unit that could be utilised in the His and Hers bathroom, which incorporates an integrated dryer system so that the end result is seamless and visually pleasing.
In order to meet this brief we composed a plan on the project. This included the detailed working drawings for architects that would direct the formation of the end product. We needed to change a few structural detail components to suit our materials and their benefits, to maximise on the incredible design concept that the architects had envisioned.
One of the obstacles we needed to overcome was that the entrance was very small, making it impossible to install the pieces as one unit. However, this was fairly simple for us to overcome. The benefit of solid surfacing allowed us to construct them separately and join the different elements seamlessly on site.
While we were constructing the vanity unit, we needed to decide on which solid surfacing materials we would use to meet the design vision. The final choice was a combination of three different solid surfacing materials to form the vanity unit that is placed in the center of the bathroom. Instead of opting for a traditional speckle finish in the surfacing material, we were able to offer a material that showcases movement. This is very similar to what you would find in your standard marble and stone.
This resulted in a beautiful bathroom vanity that is suited to the rest of the architecturally intriguing and artistic personality of the building. There is a sense of elegance while you’re standing in the bathroom that makes it almost indistinguishable from the other curated spaces around the foundation.
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