Whilst the appropriate architectural style is “Balinese”, consultants are encouraged to incorporate a modern fusion with traditional Balinese styling elements. It is the intention and aim that the development will reflect an architectural style suited to the tropical climate of the KwaZulu Natal coast.
- Large openings catch sea breezes, thereby ventilating and cooling the homes.
- Natural stonework, timber decks and warm earthy finishes, combined with modern textures and elements reflect the synergy of Estate aesthetics.
- Homes fitted into their settings become part of the surrounding landscape, merging into natural waterways, outer fringes of coastal forest and grasslands forming one extensive natural garden.
- Pitched Balinese style roofs protect buildings from extremes of nature
- Deep roof overhangs providing shelter during the summer months
- Verandahs/patios synonymous with indigenous Kwazulu Natal architecture form a transitional space between indoors and outdoors
- Large openings in the form of fold back or sliding doors and windows allowing transparency to maximise sea, coastal and inland views
- Shutters ensuring the sea breezes cool homes in the evenings
- Encompassing these elements together with modern materials sensitively create the “Architectural Language” within Ekubo
In order to preserve and retain the environmental heritage and character of indigenous KwaZulu Natal coastal dunes, grasslands, wetlands and forest areas which are incorporated into the 137 hectares of Ekubo, architectural guidelines have been introduced as part of the overall development plan to compliment the sub-tropical climate conditions and an ‘architectural language’ that defines Ekubo.
Owners and architects are required to familiarise themselves with these guidelines before embarking on any design work.
All architectural and landscape plans must conform to the published guidelines and conformance is overseen by a selected committee comprising representatives of the EHOA, the Environmental Control Officer (ECO), professional architects and engineers.
The Plan Submission and Approval Checklist will assist all Professionals and Members, as to the requirements that will need to be adhered to for approval of plans by the EHOA Review Committee.