Serengeti House

This Johannesburg home, located on a suburban golf estate, is happy in Africa, as well as with its place in the global design village. The home’s visual success is due to its perfectly balanced application of earthy textures against high-gloss finishes, and raw material against refined elements.

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“The brief”, says Rudolph van der Meulen,“was to create a stylish family home with ecologically sound design that maximized indoor-outdoor living to take full advantage of Johannesburg’s legendary eight-month summer”.

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The home combines the use of rock, steel, wood and glass– classic modernist design elements re-mixed for new applications. The front of the home features a rusted-steel-clad wall, cleverly mounted on tracks so that it slides back to reveal the garage. Visual continuity is provided through the use of rusted-steel finishing on the entrance and upper-level window frames.

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