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Stand 47 is a home situated on Monaghan Farm South Africa that uses state-of-the-art building materials to create a home that is warmer, cooler, safer, quieter and healthier and more comfortable...

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Stand 47

is a home that uses state-of-the-art building materials to create a home that is warmer, cooler, safer, quieter and healthier and more comfortable…
Size: 374m2
Location: Monaghan Farm, Lanseria, South Africa

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Aside from a single rock-clad wall, Stand 47 is built entirely using Saint Gobain’s innovative internal and external walling systems. External walls are made up of 7 layers of sophisticated materials sandwiched around a steel frame to create a single, high strength, high performance, weather-proof wall called ETICS.


The interior walls are made from Gyproc plasterboards including RhinoBoard, MoistureResistant, DuraLine, FireStop and Activ’Air, finished with high quality RhinoLite Gypsum plaster. Together they contribute to comfort, flexibility, health and safety qualities as specific conditions may require.


Warmer, cooler, quieter.

We believe homes should be more comfortable.

Rich organic materials contrast the clean lines in the home. The timber window and door frames, parquet flooring and a large stone clad entrance wall provide the experience of comfort through direct references to traditional materials within what is essentially a hi-tech home. The theme of pairing traditional materials with contemporary design is elegantly reflected in the furniture and accessories curated by EBONY design.


We believe homes should be more flexible.

Our main living space is designed to be flexible and alter as a family’s living needs change.

The floor and ceiling are continuous surfaces that run throughout the bedroom and living areas with the internal walls placed between them, so that they can be easily removed or added to in future without damaging the parquet or ceiling boards.


Fixed versus flexible

The house is designed with a fixed ‘services’ section where all the plumbing runs for the kitchen and bathrooms, and an adaptable ‘living’ section where bedroom walls can easily be added or removed without destroying the ceiling or parquet.


The Kitchen uses Saint-Gobain’s specialised fire resistant plasterboard called FireStop with a 120 minute fire-rating. In addition, MoistureResistant plasterboard is moisture, mildew and mould resistant and ideal for use in areas like kitchens and bathrooms.


Windows frame views of the scenic landscape and create cool drafts on summer days. A continuous clerestory window just below the ceiling floods the passage with daylight and highlights a connection to nature. Vonk lights by WOLTEMADE add to the 'natural' feel of the home.

Our interior drywalls are made from Gyproc plasterboards including RhinoBoard, MoistureResistant, DuraLine, FireStop & Activ’Air, and are finished with high quality RhinoLite MultiPurpose Gypsum Plaster. Together they contribute to comfort, flexibility, health and safety qualities as required.


1- Gyproc Duraline board – durable, impact-resistant in high traffic areas.  

2- Isover Cavitybatt - Glasswool with inherent thermal insulation properties and exceptional acoustic properties.

3- Gyproc GypWall Classic 15mm board - lightweight, cost effective non load bearing drywall system.

4- Gyproc Activ'Air board – improves indoor air quality and can result in a 70% reduction of formaldehyde, the largest proportion of volatile organic compounds (VOCs)

We believe homes can make you wealthier.

You can achieve more in a home that is comfortable, flexible and quiet.

Our first bedroom converts effortlessly into a home-office. The flexible joinery on the wall contains a ¾ bed so that the room can be used as a spare or third bedroom. The walls are insulated with Isover Cavitybatt to improve the acoustics and limit the transfer of sounds from the rest of the house. This is the perfect quiet and private study environment.

The passage doors are all sliding doors in order to free up space and make the rooms more usable. In addition, drywalls also take up less space than brick walls and increase the usable area of the house.

A large overhang along the northern edge of the house responds to local sun-angles and casts shade over windows in summer, yet allows direct light through them in winter to warm up the living spaces. The rest of the house has fewer windows to the east, west and south to assist with local climate control.

Our external walls consist of the Saint Gobain Weber ETICS system together with specialised Gyproc interior plasterboards. These hi-tech walls are made with 7 layers of sophisticated materials sandwiched around a steel frame to create a single, high strength, high performance, weather-proof wall.

1- Polymeric coating
2- Webertherm glass fibre mesh with 2 layers of Weber base coat
3- Sagex expanded polystyrene
4- Fibre cement sheath wall
5- Ecran Integra membrane
6- Isover Cavitybatt
7- Gyproc Activ’Air

All the bedrooms in the house have a special Gyproc plasterboard within them called Activ’Air. This board absorbs dirty particles and Volatile Organic Compounds like formaldehyde from the air and traps them as inert compounds making it easier to breath at night and much healthier for the family over the long term.

The parquet floor rests on Isover’s Politerm Blu screed which is a high performance insulation screed that prevents the loss of heat through the ground, especially during winter.

All the painted timber frames in the house have 6mm double glazing with IntruderPrufe glass to prevent heat loss and gain when the doors and windows are closed.

This western wall is cool to touch even though it gets afternoon sun. This is because the materials hidden inside the walls ensure high-performance thermal insulation using Isover’s CavityBatt (and Aerolite in the ceiling) along with Gyproc’s specialist plasterboards. Good insulation means air conditioning is not necessary and therefore decreases the chance of illness due to poor internal air quality.

The bathrooms are located in the ‘services’ side of the house and also use Saint-Gobain walling syatems. The Gyproc plasterboards used inside them are mildew and mould resistant, do not warp and are unaffected by humidity.

The house is ‘sunk’ into the ground in order to create a continuous interior surface without steps that can remain accessible for a family throughout their lifetime. The stone retaining wall also provides a sense of privacy inside the bedrooms.

Rainwater is harvested in the home to further the theme of efficiency which is our sustainable living ethos. Four 5000L tanks collect rainwater to be used in the garden and swimming pool as required, which is about 35% of an average family’s municipal water bill.

45 Solar PV panels run along the length of the roof of house and generate enough electricity from solar energy to run some essential appliances and lights in the home. A small battery backup ensures that the home is powered for a number of hours at night or in case of a power outage.

WE BELIEVE HOMES CAN BE BETTER

Stand 47 is a better home that not only moulds itself around the lifestyle of its users, but also has the capacity to evolve. It does more with less, to maximise user experience, enhance performance and quality, and to stand the test of time.


The Stand 47 case study home resulted from the two year collaboration between:

Saint-Gobain
The New Order
Thomashoff + Partner Architects

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