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An architectural symphony

HOME OWNER December 2009 / January 2010

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This home is, without a doubt, a testament to 21st century contemporary South African architecture. Boasting immaculate clean lines, simple but elegant geometry, and open-plan design which is ingeniously constructed to maximise the surrounding milieu, this home is a home owner’s dream come true.

Cleanness and spaciousness of design can be seen from exterior to interior as one moves throughout the living spaces. The architectural design makes the most of the southern hemisphere climate with upstairs passageways linking to the rest of the building without being hindered and enclosed by walls. Silver-toned balustrades not only ensure the safety of all but also provide a sleekness with their polished appearance throughout the house. Impressive glass windows surround the abode, adding light and a sense of warmth into the home, opening up to a view of an inviting, sparkling clear-blue pool and spacious lush garden.

The bathrooms, pristine in appearance, boast an alluring charm with free-standing oval bath, sleek bidet and toilet, as well as a double volume floating vanity and a dual shower (convenient for his and hers showering – no waiting in long bathroom queues). The cherry on top of this already striking room is the use of sophisticated artwork and candle lighting combined with the muted palette of the tiles and walls showcasing the room’s elegance flawlessly.

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The walk-in cupboard with its dark wood and full length mirror is enough to fulfil any woman’s dream boasting an understated elegance with more than enough space not to feel claustrophobic.

The kitchen doubles up as an entertainment area, boasting a delightful palette of whites contrasted perfectly with the wooden floor. The dexterous use of lighting exudes a relaxed and chilled ambience while ensuring the visibility to produce master creations simultaneously. The open-plan design of the kitchen extended into the lounge and other living areas ensures that all residents not only have easy access to the different areas, but also a unity of family whatever the activity within the home.

The open-plan design ensures that the tranquil flow continues throughout the home, which is further enhanced by the foldaway stack doors allowing the outside to become one with the inside. The interior is an open-plan design with a stunning dining room which opens up into a lounge area, contributing to a sense of enlarged space. The furnishings, each chosen for their aesthetic appeal and elegance, exude comfort while at the same time bringing warmth and personality to each unique living space. Following suit, the outside furnishings add that extra je ne sais quoi to the exterior. The unique free flow of design makes entertaining a home owner’s dream, especially being fully equipped with a pool table, bar and swimming pool.

Equipped with absolutely everything a home owner may require or dream of, it is safe to say that this home is a comprehensive, contemporary abode exhibiting exquisite interior design complemented significantly by the architectural symphony of the exterior.

Justine Olivier



Simplistic opulence

HOME OWNER August 2008

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The expertise and superlative skills of the architects from G3 Design are clearly displayed throughout this magnificent house. The spacious structure follows a contemporary style that includes natural finishes such as bold natural stone cladding and walls. Offering services such as architectural conceptualisation and origination of council drawings, G3 architects also offer a visualisation including 3D computer animated, video fly-around of the house. G3 Design architects have the knowledge and expertise to help clients through the building process from site layout to working drawings and 3D presentations that provide one with a realistic impression of one’s very own masterpiece.

With a classical-contemporary design in mind that would be functional for a family with children, the owners along with the architects from G3 Design set out to create this magnificent abode. “Contouring and height restriction are very important to adhere to when building within an estate, but we overcame those by calculating the margins and were therefore able to create a home that looks single-storey on the east and double-storey on the west,” says Bradley Woodward of G3 Design. The architectural palette was derived from origins of the earth and was structured in such a way that an abundance of sunlight embraces it, displaying the home’s beauty in crude simplicity. With natural elements such as stonework, cement and glass the house keeps in line with a chic modern appeal and, being set on a background of picturesque views, this home has become a sacred haven for its owners.

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The décor, perfectly selected by interior decorator Engela Smith, comprises natural colours in warm oranges, browns, greens and beiges which faultlessly fuse with the earthy fabrics and materials such as wood, leather and suede. “We used an eclectic mix of styles but leaned more towards the contemporary,” says Engela who also supplied all the furniture, curtaining, rugs, scatter cushions, throws, decoratives and artwork. Each room adheres to a different theme, but still follows the same luxurious and comfortable style displayed by the rest of the house. Oversized windows, stack doors and large open-plan spaces allow for plenty of natural light to filter through, giving the owners optimum aesthetics to fully enjoy the beautiful outdoors. “The flow is exceptionally important when designing a home and although this home is very open-plan the spaces are separated by bold stone walls and bulkheads that help to define the different spaces and rooms,” notes Bradley.

The luxurious culinary space was created by Dira Designs in accordance with the owners’ specifications. With a strategically placed centre island that also serves as a comfortable breakfast nook, this welcoming kitchen truly is the heart of this home. The owners allowed G3 Design the freedom to create a home that not only transcends their desires, but also to create a living space that makes a bold statement about their own lifestyle and the end result surely is a simplistic masterpiece.

Svenja Gernoth



Exploring local architecture

HOME OWNER March 2008

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South Africa is an exciting country bursting at the seams with diverse culture, ideas and ambitions. This has been reflected in South Africa architecture through the many metamorphoses and changing dynamics the country has experienced. As opposed to our diverse past creating lines of separation, architecture has drawn on these diversities to start creating an eclectic and progressive style that is uniquely South Africa and ultimately definitive of our own architectural style.

Says Bradley Woodward of G3 Design: “We (architects) don’t believe that there is anything specific that defines modern South African architecture. Rather architecture in South Africa is on a path of development and discovery, where we are drawing on elements of our past social differences to create our own eclecticism.” This is seen extending into materials and textures, by Francois Marais of Francois Marais Architects: “Architects in South Africa are starting to explore new modern styles of architecture with the use of diverse materials, forming contrasts between various elements in a building. I think South African architecture is heading for an era of exciting new styles and designs never seen before. Architects have become trapped in a style of architecture not suited to our country, and I see a complete swing away to a more modern contemporary style of architecture, with architects reconnecting with a style more suitable to be associated with a true South Africa style.”

South Africa has an idyllic climate with stunning landscapes, and these are being used as cornerstones in modern architectural design. Francois says: “A successful style of architecture is rich in the use of materials, of massing and balancing space, light and orientation, and the recognition of South Africa’s surroundings and cultures.” This highlights the elements of clean lines, space, natural textures and tones applied in creating modern South African architecture. Mark Begbie of mark Begbie Design elaborates: “General principles that people are asking for are light structures that bring the outside in. We have such a great climate and we can take full advantage of it.

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We use a lot of local influences with a lot of natural finishes like slate, sandstone, timber and wrought iron, and combine them with earthy tones and natural hues.” Modern South African architecture is also approaching the environment in a more respectful manner, encouraging sustainability in a country with limited natural resources.

Eastern and Asian themes are currently popular, however architects are using these themes as an example of exploring the boundaries of modern architecture in an attempt to create a more South African style. Though South Africa does not yet have its own defined architectural style that can easily be recognised as being purely South African, Francois says: “We as South African architects are in search of a style that would define our surroundings, being such a colourful nation with so many diverse cultures. This might not be as cut-and-dry as a single style. The styles that have passed have taught us many valuable lessons and I hope that we might never again be caught in this ‘style trap’ that we are merging from.”

There are splendid examples of fine architecture that reflect South African history and individual cultures – examples such as Newtown and Maropeng indicate a hint of the direction that modern South African architecture is moving in. Bradley notes, “I believe that we have a little while to go before we have anything specific that would typify South African domestic architecture as distinctly as some others do, like the hilltops of Santorini, a Tudor house or the Tuscan-style villa for example.”

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South African architects are defining themselves, both locally and internationally, by aiming towards constant reinvention. Mark sees South African architects defining themselves by following trends and styles both locally and internationally, keeping abreast of modern building practices and the latest materials, and by developing architects’ own styles backed by an intrinsic knowledge and experience. “Above all, he or she must understand and connect with the clients’ needs, by making full use of the site, the clients’ requirements and budget. Styles come and go, but these principles should always be followed,” explains Mark.

So what does the future hold for South African architecture? “South African architects are not as affected by global trends as would be expected,” says Francois. Mark continues that local designers are being increasingly recognised overseas for their individual style: “We definitely have world-class talent.” Bradley concludes: “If we choose to continue to set new boundaries and to experiment with materials, to draw on our kaleidoscopic past, and move positively into the future, this big mixing pot can produce some very interesting results.” South African architecture is definitely on a path of self-discovery, blending its rich heritage with important design aspects gleaned from international trends. Architects are facing the future with excitement and an open mind to capture the essence of South Africa in its structural presence.

Kerry Hayes



Trail of Fire

HOME OWNER December 2007 / January 2008

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Standing in the centre of this home, you can almost feel the heart of Indonesia and Bali beating slowly and rhythmically around you. The earthy colours throughout the home mimic golden landscapes beneath a warm and soothing sun, creating calm and tranquillity no matter where you are in the home. This is a home that seems to have transcended time and space, weaving a contemporary Indonesia/Bali theme into threads of Africa splendour. Earth and sky seem to meet within its hull, lighting the qualities of nature with sparks of a blazing sunset.

The owners wanted a unique, practical state-of-the-art home, combined with water and sunset views to create a sanctuary to which they could return after the stresses of a working week, and that would revive and refresh them through its serene ambience. Being inspired by the feel induced by a modern Indonesia/Bali-style home, the owners set about bringing essence of that ambience into their residence. The bold structure rises like a warrior, proud and strong to protect its resident family, and watches quietly over the breathtaking view. Incorporating natural stone, pillars and archways, the smooth and earth-toned casing was the perfect canvas on which to paint a seductive interior reminiscent of ancient times of tribal kings and princes.

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Interior decorator, George De Haast, worked closely with the home owners to create living spaces that matched the owners’ vision. Clean lines and open space reflect a balance of natural earth colours wound into artefacts, plush yet simple furnishing and warm lighting. Vibrant flashes of colour burst through unexpectedly, to imbue the home with exotic blushes here and there; shy in its neutrality, but with bold personality peeking through.

Wide panels of glass separate the interior of the home from the exterior, creating an illusion of oneness between manmade and natural elements. This also creates channels for light to infuse into the home’s interior, soaking into floors, walls and furniture. The home’s natural elements include being surrounded by a golf course that provides beautiful views, activity and security for the family: “It offers the ideal lifestyle for children, acting as a large and secure playground,” say the owners.

The main en-suite bathroom is one of the owners’ favourite rooms” “The spa bath in the main bedroom has sliding doors that can be opened, allowing you to sit in the bath and take in the view in front of you, making you feel like you are on the edge of the world,” they say. Each room has unique features, yet still manages to fall within the overall theme of the home. Brushes of Bali streak throughout the living spaces, maintaining unity between all elements of the home.

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The owners also have a special affection for the front façade, which is guarded by a 150-year-old door from China. The intricate detail on the door reflects the expert craftsmanship of its creator, and implies an entranceway into history. The owners are also very fond of their home theatre, which is a fully equipped mini cinema – a great place to entertain guests and enjoy the full experience of music and movies.

The success of this home lies in the attention that was given to even the smallest details and the caring attitude of the interior designer, who worked strategically with the owners, contractors and architects to create such a striking and inspiring abode.

Rearing its head into the evening sky, with a blazing mane of fire trailing, this home salutes the dusk with pride, then turns inwards to welcome its family home.

Kerry Hayes