Johannesburg, South Africa has become a real exhibition of architecture and design, not to mention wealth and richness. Benefiting from an incredible scenery, each piece of architecture reflects a high standard life and an appreciation of impeccable design and composition. The following modern mansion is one of the many beautifully created homes here in Johannesburg.
Project : House Sed
Designed by: Rudolph van der Meulen
Location: Bryanston, Johannesburg, South Africa
Photographs by: Barend Roberts and David Ross
Residence size: 921 m²
“Situated within the heart of Bryanston in Johannesburg South Africa, this stand gracefully borders the Riverclub Golf Course. Positioned on top of a sloping site, it proudly elevates above its surroundings.Originally a single storey traditional house, the brief for the additions and alterations of this home called for the modernizing of the house and adding a second storey to increase the areas to more than double its existing size. The views of the home were prioritised while ensuring natural northern light penetrates every room. The idea of elongating and stretching the building to its maximum length was inspired by the layout of the existing plan. The house was designed by Rudolph van der Meulen of Nico van der Meulen Architects, who compares it to a stretched elastic band- long and narrow in form. The design seamlessly merges the interior with the exterior, resulting in lengthened facades that allow maximum northern sun, framing the views to the river and golf course on the south side.The strategic use of frameless folding doors provides transparency and seamless indoor-outdoor living on the two longest facades; this creates a timeless contemporary solution. The koi pond and water feature outside provide a cool breeze in summer through the kitchen and living spaces, this further sets a tone of tranquillity for the well designed open plan double volume spaces. The staircase floating over the pond that is heated in winter was designed by Nico van der Meulen, with the glass balustrades and the double volume window behind it as the structure obviating the need for steel frames.The open plan main suite has a fireplace and television in the lounge area; it also has spectacular views from the bedroom, lounge and bathroom while the north-facing windows invite the sunlight in during winter.With a brilliant plan and design, merging the indoor and outdoor, the home creates the illusion that one is outside even when indoors.The pyjama lounge overlooks the family room leading to the children’s suites. The suspended bridges and a glass staircase contribute to the transparency and airiness of this design. A water based under-floor solar heating system was also installed throughout the house.The interior architectural design was done by M Square Lifestyle Design using wood, marble and glass, creating the feel of a luxury yacht. The fireplace in the main lounge was inset into a back-lit onyx feature. All furniture, lighting and interior décor was supplied by M Square Lifestyle Necessities, using pieces by internationally renowned designers such as: Patricia Urquila, Tom Dixon, Molteni and C, B&B Italia, Foscarini Lamps and Roda.”