Known as the Cradle of Humankind, South Africa is a place that holds a deep fascination for the most of us. From its rolling savannah, to exotic wildlife such as the Lion and Elephant, this is a country that inspires the imagination and the spirit of discovery. It is in this setting that we find the expansive residence of Aboo Makhado Residence designed by Nico van der Meulen Architects.
Finished in with timber and glass paneled facade, this home exudes a distinguished and some what regal look. The front of the home provides an open feel, thanks to the generous use of glass for the facade while a wrap around water feature helps create a relaxed feeling. Double volume ceilings married with the glass facade helps allow in a great deal of natural lighting while a mix of timber and steel strips help soften the harshness of the suns light entering the home at strategic locations such as in the living room.
Warm lighting is also used throughout the home to further enhance the relaxed feeling while adding a touch of warmth on chilly nights. The choice of lighting used really adds to the overall ambiance of the home, soft indirect lighting is used with stunning results. Definitely a far better option than the harsh white fluorescent lights that we commonly see used in many Asian homes.
The designs and lighting aside, the one thing that really catches my eye with this home is the small details that have been lovingly worked into the various spaces in this home. The choice of ceiling hung lighting, the placement of flower vases, the selection of colours for the sofa set in the living room; these are very small details which are easily overlooked but all a significant part in making a home out of a house, figuratively speaking.
This is truly one luxuriously stunning home and it clearly goes to show that anything is possible with a little imagination, and a shitload of disposable cash.Image Source: Freshome.com