Dramatic contemporary residence in Johannesburg

This incredible home we bring you today is by Nico Van Der Meulen Architects in Johannesburg, South Africa. The expansive residence is situated on a 4,000 square meters plot of land in the town of Bryanston. The interior architecture of the 15,069 square foot (1,400 square meters) contemporary home is by M Square Lifestyle Design, the furniture, interior decoration and special effects lighting was by M Square Lifestyle Necessities. Due to the slope of the site, a basement was incorporated into the plan and creates a step effect on the backside facade of the home. The basement consists of a gym with spa and dressing room, home theater with a wet bar, wine cellar/tasting room with separate areas for white and red wines, music room and a dance studio/ discotheque.

Upon entering through the gatehouse, several large cantilevers protrude from the building, some in rust, other areas clad with unfilled travertine, and an atrium behind a mentis grating screen. Next to the front door a large reflective koi pond flows over a retaining wall next to the drive way, with an illuminated glass staircase behind a two- storey curtain wall in the background. The front door is a large piece of pivoted frameless glass, leading into a double volume entrance hall and formal lounge with a view across the lounge and pool into the garden beyond. A bridge suspended by steel cables spans across this space. Due to its north orientation, sun control features and cross ventilation, the house can be used almost year round without artificial heating or cooling. Via

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