Kombuis Restaurant

Kombuis Restaurant

Steyn Studio
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Adam Letch

Kombuis Restaurant

Steyn Studio as Architects

The formality of the concept draws inspiration from the historical Cape Dutch House vernacular as well as its outbuildings, with the scale of the project replicating that of the existing Manor House in the near vicinity. The building’s symmetrical form demonstrates an open-ended extruded gable profile, with glass panels orientated to address expansive views of the valley and mountains.


By design, the layout of the building exudes simplicity, with the restaurant seating area located in the main volume, while a kitchen, some storage facilities and services clip on to the main building to form a traditional H-layout, with a series of linking elements.


In plan, the restaurant appears to take the shape of two staggered, rectangles adjoined by glazed link. The kitchen and services occupy one of the volumes, whilst the restaurant front of house occupies the entirety of the other. The services block is predominantly closed-off whereas, in contrast, the restaurant is comprised of many glazed elements and appears relatively transparent.


The interior features an ash timber slatted ceiling, with IsoverEcosound infill strips between the timber slats to enhance the acoustic treatment of the space. It boasts high ceilings, glass walls, a wooden terrace, mountain views and a historical-and-nature inspired blue and white tiled mural of the 'Tree of Life' created by Lucie de Moyencourt and Michael Chandler.


Material Used:

1. Stoneage – Facade Cladding – Drypacked Overberg Slate

2. Brownbuilt – Roofing – Klip Lock 406

3. Isover –Roof Insulations – Factorylite

4. Isover – Sound Insulation – Eco Sound

5. Gyproc – Drylining - Rhinoboard

6. World Of Decorative Concrete – Meo Coloured Screed - Oyster

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Facade Cladding – Drypacked Overberg Slate
Meo Coloured Screed - Oyster
Product Spec Sheet

RoundEMU Group S.p.A.
Roofing – Klip Lock 406Brownbuilt
Roof Insulations – Factorylite,Sound Insulation – Eco SoundIsover
Drylining - RhinoboardSaint Gobain Gyproc
Product Spec Sheet
Roofing – Klip Lock 406
Roof Insulations – Factorylite,Sound Insulation – Eco Sound
by Isover
Drylining - Rhinoboard
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