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The Coot Club

Kritzinger Architects were appointed to lead the design of a boutique nature retreat comprising of a collection of eco-friendly boathouses near Stanford in the Western Cape region of South Africa. The boathouses are set within a 460HA nature reserve along the banks of the Klein Rivier, with dramatic views over the lagoon and Maanschynkop mountain range. Inspiration for the architecture was derived from the humble corrugated iron boat sheds found in the area, with particular reference to scale, form and simplicity of construction. The design offers an ecological approach, by striving to minimise the build impact on riverine vegetation. The weathered colours, tones and textures of the boathouse facades were carefully considered to soften the visual impact when viewed from a distance and give the impression that the buildings are part of the landscape. The interior of each boathouse is uniquely furnished and painted in a palette of colours that reflect the environment and enhance the spirit of boathouse living. 

Coot Club won the i-ESCAPE 2023 Best Hotel Award and featured in the December 2022/23 Summer issue of House and Leisure.

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