Modern Houses: Pretoria Residence
This great addition to the modern houses section, comes from South Africa, and it is a project by Nico van der Meulen Architects. This house is super elegant and cozy. The choice of material is exquisite, the mix of steel, concrete, glass and stone create an unique place. The views and the amazing infinite pool are just the cherry on the top of the cake. Certainly a great place to live.
Description from the architects: The client requested a spacious and luxurious four bedroom steel, glass and concrete residence with an emphasis placed on the design of the living rooms. The vastness and natural setting of this site inspired a design resembling a bush lodge that responds to nature and its immediate surroundings. Translating this concept into a contemporary home was almost effortless thanks to the location, orientation and natural beauty of the site.
The architectural design communicates and reinforces the concept, as can be seen in the selection of materials used and the way the internal spaces relate to the outdoors. The choice of materials and finishes was limited to natural materials and earthy colours. Initially the site revealed itself as a mound of quartzite rock which was excavated and hand cut for the gabion landscape walls and the stone cladding used throughout the house. The striking square and rectangular rusted steel boxes are strategically positioned while the stone-clad walls extend the house into the landscape, creating integration between building and site.
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