This modern, glamorous, open plan, light-filled glass house is designed by Nico Van Der Meulen Architects. The house is situated on a 4000 sq.m site, with a total floor area of 2500sq.m, with views from all rooms into the garden in Johannesburg, South Africa. The shape on the south side is a half circle, forming a horseshoe on the north side. Approaching the house form the gate the driveway is elevated to allow glimpses thru’ the house to the garden and raised water feature on the other side of the house.
The porte cochere is a suspended glass and stainless steel structure, with view into the house and a stainless steel and glass staircase, suspended over a heated pond, (which in summer acts as a temperature stabilizer, and in winter as a giant heater) with a circular, raised glass water feature in the background, framed by a beam two storeys high.
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