Wow I wanna know how many people live there, that’s HUGE! I honestly think it’s a lackluster design. Although, the stairs look really nice. Not sure about the furnishings either. I’ve noticed most contemporary houses, in south Africa, tend to look like a night club, maybe it’s a trend there.
1. it makes me think twice if the staircase is a staircase or its a shelf or some kind of display purposes.
2 .in the master bedroom ( i think ) the seating area is fronting the black marble like sliding panel that have some kind of modern fire heart in the front of it ..right ??
I am living in South Africa and the Bling OTT thing is the trend as it is all over the world. Unfortunately our “contemporary” houses are mostly mediocre boxes dressed up as good architecture. However we do have the occasional out of the box designs, but in the same breath the designs are also being driven by the clients uniformed mediocre sense of taste, style and design.
Another gripe with this submission or maybe The Contemporist is the submission of photographs. Design Partnership have submitted 51 photographs where 2 or more of the same area are shown. Honestly do you think us readers have no imagination that we need another photograph from a slightly different angle. This is not only them but alot of submissions are like this, which is starting to bore and irritate me. Which in time may turn me off as I do receive my design fix from other websites as well.
Not thrilled about he design of the house nor about the interior (design and furniture) except maybe for the kitchen area. Truly tends to look like a night club, especially the stairs. It’s a cold space, too big to be homely but just proper for an art gallery or a club. The balcony on the top floor is too narrow and the railings not appropriate for a modern house. Would look better if replaced with glass.
Looking at this house design makes me very proudly South African. I will add in my thumbs up for the Design Partnership. Seeing this design is such a welcome change to the submissions of other designs, where the use of Wooden finishes almost become predicatable, and my concern would be “how green” are those designs anyway? I must say that the derogatory comments such as that of the ‘uninformed clients”; the mis-interpretations of lighting effects being that of a nightclub – are they seriously to be taken as constructive in its critism – for me it is merely someone’s opinion.
@Rose – I am proudly South African I simply think that the majority of South African architecture is as Rube put it average. Uninformed is not derogatory, it simply the truth when clients do not know (as in not informed) and therefore are not able to choose from any of the awesome variety of architectural, interior and furniture designs that are available.
A case in point is the furniture of the above house, its mostly from Molteni&C. I personally love Molteni&C for their design & quality with the likes of Patricia Urquiola as one of their designers. However how much creativity & design does it take to fill a house with furniture just from 1 main supplier? This was the same with all the Van Der Meulen Architects designed homes (do a search under Meulen).
And if the South African clients are not uninformed then how do you explain all the pseudo Tuscan then pseudo Bali and now pseudo French Provencial farmhouses that are found 9 out of 10 times in the wealthiest of suburbs.
I think & feel that good design is about being creative & using ones imagination, not rehashing the same thing over and over. But hey thats just my personal opinion as a person who appreciates design whether it comes from Los Angeles, Mumbai or South Africa.
I would comment on this residence/club(?) but since my remarks on the Kazuya Morita project were taken so personally I must refrain except to say I like the front entrance & garage. Hopefully that’s ok to say (Hector) even though I am not an architect
@ South African
Firstly, I Also Love Molteni & C, but must say I also love the use of the other furniture I can spot in the shoot. Nomely Foscarini, Tom Dixon, Flos, Fontane Arte & Roda Furniture. I also dont believe that the interior designer only filled the house with beautiful furniture, as you can clearly see a great deal of clever design in the shopfitting (eg. Lounge TV unit, staircase, cladding, fireplace and bathroom vanity. I’m sure the rest of the house is fitted in a similar way). The only negative comment would be that the shoot lacks styling, and the inclusion of smaller accesories etc, to give it a personal touch.
To Sout african
You are right, this is similar to a van der meulen design ( I checked the search you suggested)
Although I dont think its borring. Wish all of us had a client base wealthy enough to afford to fill their houses with designer Italian furniture such as the above mentioned. Konow that I would not mind to be given that budget freedom.