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02 House encourages luxury outdoor living in South Africa

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02 House was designed as a modern and luxurious single story property by Daffonchio & Associates Architects, located in Hyde Park, Johannesburg, South Africa. The house is nestled on a tranquil and very private setting surrounded by mature trees. The main part of house encompasses two wings, one is the living zone and the other is the bedroom zone. Both of the wings feature long, low roofs which seems to float over and past them. The roof is supported by external steel posts since the walls don’t quite meet up to the ceiling. Clerestory windows punctuate both interior and exterior walls, diffusing natural light during the day and allows views of the trees outside.

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As seen in the picture above, during the night the ceilings are cast aglow with fluorescent lights that are hidden below the clerestory windows. This helps to create a soothing, ambient light, increasing the effect of a floating roofline. The roofs feature deep overhangs which helps to shade the inhabitants from the sun. Concrete also extends out beyond the house into the garden creating the illusion of space.

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Along the northern perimeter of the living space is flooring to ceiling motorized frameless sliding glass doors. When it is open, the door disappears into the wall, with the living area feeling more like a covered patio that is open to the outdoors. On the south side are two more sliders, which spills out onto a private courtyard.

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The door to the entrance was meticulously designed by South African artist Marcus Neustetter. The exterior is comprised of laser cut steel, while the interior is laser cut walnut. Clear glass is inset so that light can be diffused into the home during the daytime and emits light out during the night. The image was taken from a Google Earth image, which is the topography of Johannesburg and its surrounding region. The spacious interiors of the home showcase minimalist architecture and white walls that reflects light, the perfect backdrop for showcasing the homeowner’s artwork.

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The ecopool was designed to blend with the garden, while gravel banks are used to delineate between the pool and garden.  Planted wetlands seem to visually integrate with the surrounding landscape.

Photos: Adam Letch

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