Nico Van Der Meulen Architetcs just completed the House Lam project, in their local city, Johannesburg, South Africa. According to the architects themselves:
“In opposition to the original entrance at the top of the site, we created a new access at the lower ground floor of the three-storey home, with an internal staircase leading up to the ground floor living area. The existing homes foundations and structure offered an almost 300° view across Johannesburg. This was used as a shell for the new design, which had to optimise views of the city to the west while still being orientated to the north to maximise sunlight.
“The lower ground floor of the luxury South African home can be reached by using the driveway that leads to the main entrance. Proceeding up the staircase to the ground floor, one is met with spectacular views of Johannesburg and its surrounds. The ground floor is an open plan living area with the double volume main living room guiding the guests out onto the lanai and pool. From the kitchen one can give views to both the north and south, while still having direct access to the lanai and dining area. The ground floor living areas were designed around a pool, which is a prominent feature of the contemporary property. The spill over detail of this cantilevered pool creates a seamless integration with the views across the city.
“Interior designers M Square Lifestyle Design, meticulously chose the interior touches that would distinguish this house: a natural wood finish runs through the house, from the pool deck, the bridge on the first floor, the bedroom floors and to the furniture itself. The colours used in the interior gives the contemporary South African home an inviting and warm feel.”