Serengeti House by Nico van der Meulen Architects
Architects: Nico van der Meulen Architects
Location: Johannesburg, South Africa
Photo courtesy: Nico van der Meulen
This Johannesburg home, situated on a rural golf bequest, is glad in Africa, and in addition with its place in the worldwide outline town. The home’s visual achievement is because of its flawlessly adjusted utilization of hearty compositions against polished completions, and crude material against refined components.
“The Brief”, says Rudolph van der Meulen of Nico van der Meulen Architects,, “was to make a sleek family home with biologically solid outline that amplified indoor-open air living to exploit Johannesburg’s unbelievable eight-month summer”.
Says van der Meulen, “It’s a twofold story home with an open-arrangement living range ground floor, an upstairs pajama relax, a study, and four rooms, every one of them en-suite. The three family rooms are upstairs, and we situated the visitor room first floor, isolating it from the family’s dozing territory to amplify security”.
The home joins the utilization of rock, steel, wood and glass – exemplary innovator plan components re-blended for new applications. The home’s front components a rusted-steel-clad divider, keenly mounted on tracks with the goal that it slides back to uncover the carport. Visual progression is given through the utilization of rusted-steel completing on the passage and upper-level window outlines.
Wood is utilized on the home’s walkway and its lavatory flooring.
“There is a Balau wooden walkway from the road to the front entryway, which conveys you over a Koi lake that fronts the house, and the main lavatory additionally has Balau wooden-floor decking”, says van der Meulen, “so when you slide back the glass entryways onto the porch, it outwardly makes one bound together space. It’s likewise simple to keep clean. We’ve maintained a strategic distance from the utilization of tiles in the bathrooms, picking rather for back-showered glass. For the kids’ room, we’ve utilized lime green to include some visual punch”.
Visual lift is additionally given through the utilization of figures by van der Meulen’s sibling, Regardt, and craftsman Ronel Jordaan’s reality popular Merino-fleece felt rocks. It’s minimal visual regards, for example, these that illuminate the home’s numerous X-elements, lifting it over the commonplace. Each turn of a corner gives the eye a careful visual enjoyment that is practically Japanese in its nuance, from the utilization of raked mortar in a divider application and the shrouded access storeroom in the kitchen to the chimney encompass clad in stone boards and the pajama lounge’s skimming roofs.
The home’s lower level associates with the back garden’s pool and eating patio through the utilization of floor-to-roof slide-back glass dividers that make a consistent intelligent space. A kitchen window-lid opens onto the grill territory, giving a practically cutting edge turn on the old-school roadhouse.
“It’s a biologically brilliant home”, says van der Meulen, “with a two-foot-thick, stone-clad western divider serving as a warmth safeguard while giving visual kick. Moreover, the home’s windows are recessed, with shades that are deliberately cantilevered to get the sun amid the winter months, while blocking it in the late spring. Correspondingly, the home has sun-control blades to remove the late spring sun. The rooftop is protected Chromadek and timber, which additionally give protection”.
At the point when seen from the road, the home’s focal center is straightforward, book-finished by forcing strong shapes on either side; you can look directly through it onto the vlei and the fairway past its back patio nursery.
At last, the home’s surroundings illuminates its area – not its configuration or stylistic layout. Most importantly, it gives an unpretentious feeling of downplayed charm through its visual accents, effectively consolidating with the bother free upkeep of its solid building materials and expanded indoor-open air living application – a triumphant set of three that is ideal for present modern living.