House DUK in Johannesburg, South Africa is a spacious, modern, 4 bedroom home that expresses an appreciation for outdoor living. Designed by SA-based Nico Van Der Meulen Architects, the 600+sqm home features an open plan layout that flows seamlessly onto a generous garden.
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Earthy tones and materials such as natural wood and stone help the home blend in with its natural surroundings while also providing a strong contrast for the extensive use of steel and glass as well as off-shutter concrete.
The bold forms and geometry of the home are made more evident by the solid entrance walls on the approach facade of the home which give way, upon entry through the glass front doors, to a more transparent and open layout, with views of the swimming pool and rear garden.
This openness is emphasised by a number of interior elements, one of which is the central ‘floating’ staircase with glass balustrades. The staircase, which can be seen from almost anywhere within the main living area, gives the home a certain airy feel. The home also remains brights thanks to large amounts of daylights that flow deep into the home via the large fold-away glass walls that blur the lines between outside and in.
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- Project: House Duk
- Residence size: 674 m²
- Location: Meyersdal Eco Estate, Johannesburg, South Africa
- Architects: Nico van der Meulen and Werner van der Meulen
- Interior designers: M Square Lifestyle Design
- Furniture and Fittings: MSquare Lifestyle Neccessities
- Photography: Barend Roberts and David Ross
Note: M Square Lifestyle Design is an interior design practice creating bold and contemporary design solutions, while M Square Lifestyle Necessities is an upmarket furniture and décor showroom with a selection of the finest imported furniture from design studios around the world. Both companies were established in association with Nico van der Meulen Architect