House B, Steyn City, Johannesburg
House B is situated in the serene setting of the Steyn City Estate in Johannesburg. The design aims to capture the sweeping vista of the golf course and estate parklands, with uninterrupted views to the north-east.
The design consists of two concrete boxes, offset from one another, with a living wing on ground floor and a bedroom wing on first floor. The lower floor consists of generous open plan spaces and sleek glass façades, with the upper floor seemingly floating above. The floating aesthetic is enhanced by a strong shadowline between the two floors and the darker hue of the ground floor concrete - allowing it to almost disappear below the stark lines of the first floor. The concrete boxes have an off-shutter finish with chamfered edges, creating an elegant and slender trim to the wings.
In order to aid climate control and privacy, as well as to create a unique aesthetic, the façade is wrapped in a laser-cut aluminium screen. This screen has various opening sections and is able to completely slide away in the bedroom wing, opening up to the view. The ground floor glass façade is also able to stack away, creating a seamless flow of space between the indoor and outdoor living areas.
The material palette of raw concrete, bronze aluminium, timber and glass creates a refined architecture with slick, minimalist details. The use of these materials also creates an interior of muted tones, allowing the client’s art collection to take centre stage.