By Rami Moorosi, Project Consultant Wendy Robinson, Photography Barry Goldman and Nico van der Meulen
This extraordinary home is the result of the redesign of an existing structure that was ingeniously transformed into a contemporary and unmistakably modern home. Adding to its appeal is the way the architectural design takes full advantage of the spectacular views that are on offer.
The five-storey house is built on a very steep and narrow site with 180° views to the east.
The street façade was given a contemporary makeover with striking geometric elements out of steel and concrete that create not only depth, but also set the tone for the rest of the home.
The front door opens up onto the dramatic views beyond the upstairs entertainment room while frameless stacking glass doors blur the transition between indoor and outdoor spaces.
Northern sunlight enters the interiors through new double-volume glazing in the main staircase shaft, while Pipe pendant lights from renowned designer Tom Dixon add a touch of luxury and visually connect the volume with the staircase below.
With limited garden space, the various balconies and the large covered terrace floating above the raised pool deck encourage outdoor life while taking full advantage of the magnificent views.
The contemporary interior design complements the architectural style while reflecting the ambience of a city pad with the focus placed on the views. Phia van der Meulen, of M Square Lifestyle Design, explains that: “The objective was to create a space that the home owner could identify with, while optimising the omnipresent and engulfing view.”
Accentuating the contemporary nature of the home are the window coverings which have been kept to a bare minimum with retractable roller blinds tucked into ceiling cavities.
The furniture is modernly minimalistic and was specifically kept low so as to not obstruct the view. The engulfing view now becomes a background horizon of city lights and the focus points to the foreground with which the user identifies.
“The use of ambient light as opposed to direct lighting plays a major role in creating an opulent space, adding texture to ceilings and walls, especially when working with a neutral colour palette. Design elements are again articulated by the use of integrated light as a design features; this is evident in the entrance foyer, bar, stairwell and main bedroom headboard,” adds Phia.
With its engulfing views and use of natural light enhanced by its functionality, the finished product is a home that the owners can truly connect with.