Over the years we have seen some of the most expansive and exceptional homes from South Africa conjured up and brought to life by the ingenious folks at Nico van der Meulen Architects. Set in a lovely landscape that is filled with natural goodness this gorgeous house in is another wonderful example of their inimitable style.
It is hard to describe the magic of this house in mere words as it seems to be cloaked in a blanket of green for the better part of the year. With an exterior that embraces the greenery and is adorned by many flowering plants the house boasts a rustic style that is both refreshing and unique.
But the one aspect of this house that truly sets it apart from the rest is the array of green features that have been incorporated by the architects. Passive solar heating and cooling design naturally keeps the temperature inside moderate even during change of seasons. A high-efficiency boiler with a rooftop solar-thermal preheat a heat recovery system a rainwater harvesting system and energy-efficient lighting fixtures combine to save up on energy consumption.
An open living area on the second floor with a living room dining room and kitchen along with a media room and an open-air courtyard acts as the heart of the house. Tranquil and cozy bedrooms spa-like home bathrooms and a relaxing sauna and steam room complete this fabulous Tribeca penthouse.
The owners of the house include a family in their fifties with a couple of kids as well as their mother who wanted a house with the aura of a timeless Japanese design. The interior is clad largely in Japanese cypress that has been brought from the family’s farm in the forest near.
The entryway and the façade were obviously left mostly untouched while the interior seems to play with light textures and design styles. There is indeed a very strong undercurrent of in the transformation that dates back to the early fifteenth century.
But not Lior Danzig who revamped this old house in into an ergonomic modern home even while embracing its past. The interior designer and photographer used old second-hand items to truly bring in a ‘rustic chic’ appeal to the space while creating a breezy atmosphere.