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House Eccleston boasts glass floors and a kai pond


Johannesburg-based architectural practice, Nico van der Meulen Architects, has designed the House Eccleston project. Completed in 2013, the luxury family home is located in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The luxury South African home is situated on a 4,000-m² stand in Eccleston Road, Bryanston, Johannesburg.


According to the architects: “Due to the slope of the stand, a large basement was designed on the lower side of the property, creating a stepped effect on the stand.

Upon entering through the gatehouse you look down the sloping driveway with several large cantilevers protruding 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 driveway, with an illuminated glass staircase behind a two-storey curtain wall in the background.  The lift shaft forms a strong vertical element finished in rust behind the pond. A cantilevered concrete beam frames all of this. The staircase behind the koi pond is a double glass construction, with lights between the two layers of glass.

“Parts of the dining room floor is glass, with a view down into the koi pond, and two huge lights from M Square are suspended over the dining room table.


“The kitchen is an open plan layout to the family room, breakfast room, and lanai. Behind the black glass back wall a pantry is hidden, and around the corner is a cold room and scullery/laundry.

“The luxury house was designed around three massive trees, one at the tennis court, and the other two on the east side of the house.   The view from the hall towards the east is directed into one of these trees, framed by a large sliding window in the kitchen.  You can feed the birds from the kitchen window.”

Images courtesy of Barry Goldman and David Ross

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March 3, 2014 | Property | View comments

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