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Architectural Code

In association with the Rosetta Town Planning Scheme

The Architectural Code is to be read in association with the Rosetta Town Planning Scheme, and conditions of establishment.

Please note that this document must be consulted prior to commencing the design of any property improvements or building proposals and the giant’s view estate homeowner’s association (t.c.e.h.o.a.) to be consulted.

  • An environmentally friendly, residential community.
  • A community enjoying the unique climate qualities and lifestyle of the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands.
  • A contemporary, farm style architectural building theme with a unique and strong identity.

Giant’s View Estate represents a totally unique architectural concept living in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands.

The estate is partially surrounded by permanently underdeveloped wetlands protecting the Mooi River, and suitably planned to enhance panoramic views of the Drakensberg.

Architectural character is usually derived from buildings responding to the climatic conditions of their environment. The Midlands experiences significant temperature variations, and the use of large weather protected verandas, while enjoying the panorama, are encouraged.

Farm buildings historically develop and grow with demand as families require additional space resulting in articulated buildings of differing form and roofing elements, creating private courtyards and patios often well protected from the prevailing climatic conditions.


The purpose of this document is to ensure that the vision of a unique, secure environment and signature architecture is realized and successful.


Please note that prior to submitting plans to the relevant controlling authority, all property owners will be required to submit plans to the Giant’s View Estate Homeowners Association and will be required to comply with the submission guidelines as prescribed by the Estate.

  • This code has been developed to ensure a high standard that is expected of a quality development.
  • By ensuring quality of design and materials, the adjacent property values will be protected.
  • The code will create an identifiable architectural language and create a sense of community.
  • Buildings will be linked by common characteristics yet each will retain its own identity through the designer’s interpretation.
  • Buildings are required to relate sensitively to their existing surroundings.
  • Buildings should acknowledge adjacent sites, view lines and topography and must adhere to the restricted building control lines of each individual site.
  • Fragmentation and articulation of building mass, achieved by breaking down the building into a series of individually roofed components arranged to create integrated outdoor spaces.
  • “Pavilions” with separate roof structures linked via flat roof elements or low pitch roofs create a strong well proportioned architectural identity.
  • This roofing principle will create a sense of hierarchy and in turn reduce the impact of large mass on the site, minimizing the visual impact of built form on the site.
  • Where smaller units do not allow for the fragmentation principle, ancillary buildings such as garages, courtyards and gazebos may be used to break up the building footprint creating courtyards and private spaces.
  • Larger rooms will have higher ceilings allowing clerestory windows between main roofs and secondary roofs, thus creating this sense of hierarchy as already discussed, and introducing high level natural light. Due to the nature of the significant temperature range that can be experienced, the use of clerestories should be limited.
  • The use of various courtyards are encouraged and will function as external living rooms. These courtyards could be used as outdoor spaces for wind protection, and also creating winter and summer spaces to shield from prevailing winds and microclimatic weather patterns.
  • Garages are to be designed as separate pavilion elements, not dominating the main buildings, but as an integral part of the architecture ensuring not to look like an afterthought. The space between garage and main building may be articulated with the use of a walled service yard or scullery.
  • Verandas are to be designed to provide functional seclusion from harsh weather elements, creating intermediate zones between internal and external environments. Verandas provide external living spaces which are characteristic of farm style living.
  • The use of timber for cladding, louvres, verandas and handrails are encouraged.
  • A textured feature element may be used as a focal or accent device. This can be achieved with textured, meaning stonewalls, timber ship lapping or horizontally slatted panels.
  • Textured plinths to ground the building will be acceptable. (Battering of these features is also possible)
  • No individual site boundary walls will be allowed, however the use of approved fencing within the site parameters to contain pets will be considered. These fences will be restricted to 1,0m in height and the use of natural materials such as timber or stonework will be allowed.
  • Free standing light screens can be used as elements to create further privacy to exposed facades.
  • Security will be maintained at the perimeter fence of the development and with individual electronic security of the buildings itself.
  • Wall service yards will be enforced. These will provide seclusion for A/C units, drying areas, gas bottle storage, television receivers and staff facilities. These areas to be an integral part of the overall Architectural Form. The heights of these walls are not to exceed 2.0m.
  • Solar: The use of solar panels are strongly recommended for hot water heating .Proposals are to be submitted to T.C.E.H.O.A. for aesthetic approval.
  • Rainwater: The harvesting of rainwater is also recommended. The use and positioning of the holding tanks are to be submitted to T.C.E.H.O.A. for aesthetic approval.
UseSingle Residential (S.R.)
HeightMaximum 2 Storeys or a maximum height of 8.5m from finished ground level to eaves level.
Coverage20% Excludes verandas and covered patios but Includes covered parking. Please note that each dwelling to be a minimum size of 200m2 which includes Patios and Verandas, but excludes garages, yards and service areas.
F.A.R.0,20 Includes covered parking.
Walled Service YardA walled service yard restricted to 20% of the total footprint. Walls not exceed 2,0m in height building restriction.
Building FootprintAll residences are restricted to the pre-determined permitted building footprint.
Views and PrivacyDesign to respond sympathetically to an adjacent built site, with respect to maintaining existing views and privacy of all adjacent neighbours.
Building Lines3m Front building line with 2m for garage
3m Side space with 2m for garage
3m Rear space.
  • 2 copies of plans requiredProof of payment to T.C.E.H.O.A.
  • Landscape design plan
  • 2 no. three dimensional views required
  • Finishes or storey boards to be indicated.
Developer / Admin. OfficerGiant’s View Estate
Adrian Wilson
Email: a.wilson@intekom.co.za
T: 033 2675036
C: 083 654 2081
ArchitectDHS Architecture
Derek Hauptfleisch
Email: dhsarch@iafrica.com
T: 031 209 4233
C: 083 775 1079
F: 031 209 4234
Electrical Contractor
Security Consultant
Structural EngineerSukuma Consulting
Andy Hillman
T: 033 345 3284
C: 083 229 7059
Struct. Engineer / Geotechnical Engineer
Land SurveyorMHP Geomatics
Simon Williams
T: 031 266 8242
C: 083 412 4764
F: 031 266 7005