Cape Reed Tribute Project

Contemporary Thatched Roof Project in Cape Town

In Cape Reed Tribute by Karlin van der Vyver

Cape Reed International embarked on a very special project in Cape Town in honour of our late founding father, Louis van der Vyver.

For the longest time Louis had the dream to remodel his private residence in Cape Town. Originally built in the more traditional Cape Dutch building style, Louis envisioned a modern thatched roof villa to reflect the clean lines of a contemporary design concept.

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Front view of the modern thatched roof villa

The project kicked off in September 2018 and was completed little more than 18 months later. This saw a big percentage of the original structure demolished, leaving some structural elements in place to form part of the new building.

Several months of construction slowly saw the project take form. A well-balanced blend of concrete walls, clear treated timber members and cape reed thatch roof resulted in a contemporary villa with magnificent views of the beautiful surroundings. A total 25.8m³ of Eucalyptus Cladocalyx timber was used to structurally support the 397m² thatched roof, equating to a whopping 28tonnes of timber and 23,820 bundles of cape reed thatch!

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Timber and thatch roof interior

Leading up from the driveway and double garage, the foyer splits into a family entertainment room with patio on the right and a sitting room to the left. The latter flows into an open-plan kitchen with adjacent scullery as well as the en-suite master bedroom/bathroom with access to the garden patio.

A curved concrete and glass stairway make the way up to the first-floor landing which leads into two bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms.

The project also included the construction of a fully serviced staff accommodation, complete with two bedrooms, bathroom, living area and courtyard as well as an office block that now house the Cape Reed Products office.

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Family room with thatched roof and timber interior

Fittingly, a beautiful thatched roof forms the crown of this ultra-modern residence, paying the ultimate tribute to a great man, leader and visionary.

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