Our proposal for this beautiful property really did not require much thought on which Corradi structure would complement the clean, square overall design of this newly renovated beachfront property in Umhlanga Rocks on the East Coast of South Africa the best. It was really a slam dunk, with the our flagship Pergotenda, the Maestro being the obvious designer's choice.
The solid, square and stark lines of the Maestro compliments the house perfectly as it is not intimidated by the sheer size and imposing presence of the main dwelling. With the main facade of the house facing directly East, and considering that there were at least four, publicly very visible areas in need of shading, it stands to reason that whatever design the owner employed would have a major impact on the overall look of the property. The last thing needed was something that would look like an afterthought.
The two guest bedrooms on the North side of the property did present a slight challenge. The balcony is rather narrow in front of the windows and sliding doors, but extend slightly further out on both the North and South sides. Conventional pillars would just not look right, and would make the area look rather cluttered. Here we decided to opt for the sinuous beauty of the Pergotenda Arko, a painted wood, cantilever structure that does not impose on the floor space or the view. The Arko also adds just a touch of variation on the square lines of the house and the Maestro structures with it's beautifully curved support beams.
The area adjacent to the pool is an ideal space for some sun loungers, from where the stunning views over the beautiful Indian Ocean can be absorbed as soul-food over a cool mid afternoon cocktail. However, the African sun is merciless and something special was needed to temper it's harshness. Ordinary umbrellas would simply not do. The ideal solution here needed to be much more classy and grand, complementing the existing architecture without being an over-the-top distraction. We opted for two Defense Sail awnings. Contemporary, unusual and yet functional, the Defense turned out to be the perfect solution.
It is clear that the Corradi structures make a huge impact on the overall appearance of the property, without in any way distracting from the contemporary feel, whilst providing an unparalleled functionality to all the outdoor living spaces covered. The retractable roofs and drop blinds on the sides provide the home owner with many options to adjust these spaces to suit any prevailing weather conditions. It also presents an environment friendly impact by shielding adjacent living areas from the harsh sun and cutting down on energy consumption by the air conditioning systems. In addition it also provides more privacy by shielding outdoor spaces from the street, and at night, the dim-able LED lighting systems create a magic ambiance around this beautiful home.
Corradi outdoor shading solutions are fully imported from Italy, and are now available in South Africa and Sub-Sahara Africa.