DESIGN AND ARCHITECTURE
The future reimagined
Given that Dr Voloshin’s family reside all over the world, it was his dream to make Hazendal a place where he could reunite with his loved ones, as well as create a destination at which other families could do the same.
His steadfastness in wanting to preserve the estate’s rich heritage, uplift the local community and realise his vision of a unique premium winelands destination gave rise to a massive restoration project.
OUR DESIGN ARCHITECTURE
Architecture is defined as “the design of buildings and the space within the site that have as their principal purpose human occupancy or use”. The architecture at Hazendal does just that.
Born from a vision of being a destination venue, the design layout, grounds, service and décor is a macro plan filled with multiple micro-experiences. The architectural language places people first rather than dominate the environment with its style. And, as is the case with so many great ideas, the result seems simple and effortless.
“Designing new structures to aesthetically live alongside 300-year-old heritage buildings is no mean feat. To do it in accordance to highly restrictive heritage (yet necessary) standards is also no mean feat. And working with a visionary client who wants to be amazed – constantly – is both inspiring and overwhelming. But the proof is very much in the perfectly crafted Hazendal pudding.” – Chris Wood, from Mike Hackner Architects.
The four original buildings that lie on a north-south axis on the property gave rise to a linear design language. Their positioning also formed a natural buffer between the public and private spaces on the estate and the focus of the Hazendal community is centred on the heritage werf (a farm homestead and farmyard), which also serves as an elegant foreground for sweeping views over the lake, the pavilion and the hills in the distance.
Paradoxically, the architecture is a study in contrasts and sympathy with the past. The clean lines of the new winery, restaurant, conference facility, admin block and edu-play centre are undeniably modern, yet they are submissive to the old in terms of scale.
Some of the new buildings mimic the shape of a traditional Cape Dutch barn and are clad in a raw stone – a material used in the construction of the original farm over 300 years ago.
Undeniably beautiful, the architecture is also unassuming. And once the eye is caught by one detail, the full beauty and ingenuity of the layout is revealed. The clean silhouette of the pavilion, the height of the dining room and subterranean suites are masterpieces of modernity without being showy. In short, Hazendal’s architecture is a study of historic sensitivity re-imagined for the enjoyment of a contemporary guest.
Hazendal is a textured palate of natural and artfully cultivated beauty. At the foot of the estate is a bio-rich wetland that is surrounded by traditional farm style plantings. The lush classically groomed werf overlooks the lake and floating pavilion while the organic, formally structured “Harvest Garden” is not only a fresh source for the Hazendal restaurants and deli, it is a gentle circular parterre through which one can walk and ponder life. And for those who appreciate installation art will enjoy the selection of pieces created by Stellenbosch-based sculpture artist Strijdom van der Merwe.