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Flight of fancy at Namibian house

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Up-and-coming practice Foster Lomas has revealed the first images of a proposed new house on the Skeleton Coast in Namibia.

Overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, the home has been designed for a freefall skydiver who handpicked the site because it offered a 'perfect 24/7 dropzone'.

The building will be divided into three main elements: a fourbedroom house, servants' quarters and a two-bedroom apartment.

To reflect the region's German colonial architecture, the house, on the edge of the Namib Desert, will have a thatched roof and is expected to cost around £150,000 to construct.

'The client was very specific about his requirements and wanted a building that used the resources available in the area and provided a comfortable modern living environment, ' said architect Greg Lomas.

'Materials he was keen to use included eucalyptus-timber pole construction and grass thatch from the South African cape, as well as local stone for construction and internal finishes, all of which had traditional local precedents.' During the early stages of design, the practice carried out extensive sun-path studies to ensure the kitchen and rear terraces caught the morning sun, and that the front of the house looked out on to the sunset in the evening.

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