Home Designs Published by Adeline Soós, Tuesday, April 11th 2017, 12:33:33 PM.
This modern rectangular open-plan glass house design is a dream home built in Midrand, South Africa. This dream glass house was built by architect Werner van der Meulen of Nico van der Meulen Architects. The simple yet beautiful design of the black and white house that exudes a strong character is a result of the clients’ request of a contemporary, iconic house that features four suites. The house has to feature no unnecessary rooms, large study room and an open-plan house that is bright and feels airy.
Two water features are used to complement the open plan design, a koi pond and a pool surround a living room in the center. Upon entering the house, one walks over the koi pond that contains mature koi fishes to the front door, the pond surrounds the open-plan dining room on two sides. The stone stair there features interesting broken slabs stairs made of solid granite stone with amazing shapes.
Also, a black glossy steel sheets are added on the stair to be used as steps over the pond that connects dining room and kitchen as well as hall and the family room. A simple yet beautiful cantilevered, floating granite-clad staircase is cut into the wall. Creating similar character with the entire interior design, the black floating staircase is complemented with illuminated handrail and glass balustrade. The openness of the house is maintained in the kitchen where a clear view to the garden to the east is guaranteed by frame-less doors which open up to the lanai area that faces the garden. The kitchen is protected from being too exposed to the morning sun with a balcony made of steel grating that is located at the main bathroom. Giving the study an appropriate atmosphere, beside being built facing the north side, the room is also built facing the lanai across the pool. Pyjama lounge along with the children’s bedrooms are connected to the main suite via a bridge that is built across the living room.
M Square Lifestyle Design was the one which designed its modern interior and supplied the furnishing and accessories from various designers/manufacturers like B&B Italia, Pedrali and Molteni & C furniture. Also, Foscarini and Zero lamps are among the brands for the beautiful lighting. The interesting geometric steel sculptures near the staircase was created by Regardt van der Meulen. However, the clients wanted burglar bars to be used around this modern open-plan glass and metal house, but these fixtures are not allowed in the estate and the home used random steel bars instead. Nico van der Meulen Architects. Photos / Images by David Ross, Barend Robertse and Victoria Pilcher.
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