Nico van der Meulen Architects share with us another spectacular project of a lavish home in South Africa. This time we are viewing House Sar located in suburb of Athol, Johannesburg.
The spectacular home is designed by the highly acclaimed Werner van der Meulen.
The clients approached Nico van der Meulen Architects with a modest single storey pitched roof house. Limited views and access to the garden resulted in the rooms being dark, and thus the clients main request was to transform this house into a light-filled open plan contemporary home. Ensuring that every room was naturally lit became the challenge for Werner van der Meulen, but one he proved could be done. – from Nico van der Meulen Architects
For more of the House Sar project designed by Nico van der Meulen Architects continue below:
The clients approached Nico van der Meulen Architects with a modest single storey pitched roof house. Limited views and access to the garden resulted in the rooms being dark, and thus the clients main request was to transform this house into a light-filled open plan contemporary home. Ensuring that every room was naturally lit became the challenge for Werner van der Meulen, but one he proved could be done. A framework of steel columns and beams surround the entrance while louvered planes conceal the four garages and floating roofs. It’s as if each plane – whether wall, roof or floor- has been intentionally treated differently either in material, texture or colour, creating a unique entrance design.
Upon arrival, a suspended steel framed cube hovers in mid air while the frameless glass pivot door welcomes you into a minimalist yet homely entrance hall. Replacing the existing tiled roof with a floating flat roof resulted in the living rooms being instantly illuminated, while a raised passage roof lets in north light, not only into the passage, but also into the guest bedroom on the south side of the house where an atrium allows morning sun into the bathroom and ventilates the suite safely and naturally.
With natural light flooding even the deepest parts of the house, it is evident that the design of this roof became the solution of the lack of light and north sun in winter. A small atrium off the kitchen allows morning light into the kitchen, and it also allows the owners to leave the doors open at night to cool down the house naturally on hot summer days.
The threshold between inside and outside becomes convincingly invisible when all the sliding doors are open, conveniently allowing for interaction between the open plan kitchen, lounge , family room and lanai. Indoor /outdoor and open plan living has been a trademark of Nico van der Meulen Architects for many years, and this is most often achieved with the extensive use of glass and steel throughout their designs. As is the case with House Sar, making use of expanses of glass ensures maximized views of the garden while allowing natural light and ventilation to flood the rooms.
The lanai overlooks both swimming pool and water feature creating a contemporary landscape to compliment this modern home. The design of the main bedroom incorporates a private lounge area as well as an en suite bathroom. These are discreetly screened between the walk in cupboard and the steel louvered screen that ensures privacy from the garden is maintained. Direct access between the bedrooms and garden provides a refreshing view of this contemporary landscape. An illuminated wall behind the headboard of the bed creates an intimate ambience to this space, while the horizontal louvers make reference to the architecture externally, confirming once again that the interior and exterior of this home were designed to seamlessly merge. This results in visual continuity between every room and every aspect of the home.
The selected furniture was sourced from M Square Lifestyle Necessities and includes international luxury brands such as B&B Italia, Molteni and C , Roda, Porro and Ligne Pure. From its striking structural features to the comfort it provides, House Sar is the perfect example of luxury in architecture where form meets function. Furthermore, the absence of columns in the design allowed for the home to be open and free flowing.
Project: House Sar
Designed by: Werner van der Meulen
Location: Athol, Johannesburg, South Africa
Photographs by: Barend Roberts and David Ross