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Stand 47 – A Case Study House



Stand 47 is an architectural case study located on Monaghan Farm in Gauteng. The concept home, envisioned by developer Gavin Rooke, is a fresh take on what constitutes upmarket South African residential architecture. Many modern developments take their cues from international design and architecture, an example being the proliferation of Tuscan Villa-themed developments that’s occurred over the past decade. The Stand 47 case study takes traditional materials, components, functions and processes and attempts to use them in a different way together with modern design principles, state of the art materials and technology.A key aspect in developing the Stand 47 Case Study was to select a diverse team of curious and innovative people who would rise to the challenge of designing and building a high-end luxury concept home using an unconventional creative process,” Gavin says.


To make the Stand 47 Case Study a reality he and Monaghan Farm, as the showhouse partner, approached specific companies that would be able to assist in realizing this vision. The group includes Saint-Gobain as the primary materials partner, Thomashoff + Partner Architects and Style Projects as the main contractor. The team’s hypothesis was that a ‘better’ process leads to a ‘better’ home, with the term ‘better’ meaning ‘more efficient’ in the broadest sense.




Lightweight steel, prefabricated drywall and timber were selected over bricks and mortar, and solar power, rainwater tanks and thermal insulation ensure that the home is largely self-sufficient in terms of energy, electricity and water. The resulting development, which took 7 months to construct, is not only aesthetically pleasing, a model for sustainable living and an example of comfort meets high-tech, but also uses an efficient house design and build that will meet the ongoing and changing needs of its owners.


The team explains, “Because most renovations usually begin with the intention to free up some internal space and end up becoming extensive additions or alterations to the structure, our approach was to create an internal living space that could be divided into fewer or more rooms, as the needs of the occupants changed (for example the birth of a child or the need for an office space might result in a room being subdivided, or a single couple might prefer to remove one of the rooms to create a larger entertainment area). The focus was not to make a flexible outside shell, but rather to create an adaptable interior living space.”


Evan Lockhart-Barker, General Manager: Marketing at Saint-Gobain Gyproc, says, “By partnering with Gavin in the creation of Stand 47, we have shown that our products can create an efficient, healthy and safe home that is still luxurious and comfortable. The easy integration of Saint-Gobain’s lightweight building products with more traditional organic materials that we know and love – such as natural stone and wood – has made for an experience that changes our idea of the way we can live.”


The entire process has been collected on a digital platform in order to demystify the process of construction. A 4 Step process breaks down the building method into specific phases, a visual diary provides articles relating to specific areas of interest and the virtual tour provides a room-by-room description about the qualities and specifics of each room.


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