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Contemporary Glass House, South Africa

Jo’burg-based design studio, Nico Van Der Meulen Architects, has designed the Glass House.  This luxury two-storey abode is located in Johannesburg, South Africa.

According to the architects: “The owner wanted a modern, glamorous, open-plan and light-filled house with views from all rooms into the garden.

“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 through the house to the garden and raised water feature on the other side of the contemporary South African property.

“The porte cochere is a suspended glass and stainless steel structure, with views into the property and a stainless steel and glass staircase, suspended over a heated pond with a circular raised glass water feature in the background and framed by a beam two storeys high.

“To the right is a small sunken formal lounge, and to the left a timber-clad lift tower. The dining room is raised a couple of steps above the family room. The window to the dining room is a 6m high curved glass enclosure, where each sheet of glass leans over further than the previous sheet, with glass fins holding it in position.

“The frameless glass folding doors starts at the dining room, and stretches for nearly 70m around the dining room, family room, lanai, indoor pool and gym.” Images courtesy of :Barry Goldman, David Ross.


Assif is a luxury travel and design aficionado currently working as a BBC content producer. He holds an MA in journalism from the University of Leeds. He is partial to tea and cake - Yorkshire Tea Gold Blend please. His favourite trips include island hopping in the Seychelles, a mountain escape in Kashmir and getting lost in Hong Kong.

Assif is the current editor of Adelto Magazine. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram: @journolista.

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April 12, 2012 | Property | View comments

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