An old cape manor house restored to pay homage to its history
The long dusty wagon trail from Cape Town to Swellendam and the north once went right past the stoep of what is now Penhill Manor. Travellers on ox wagons used to stop here to get their supplies and refreshments beneath the tallest, skinniest and possibly now oldest palm trees for miles around.
An architect's eco-conscious home in Gauteng blends minimalism with subtle warmth
When architect Gillian Holl and her husband, Ivan, bought a stand in the grassland surrounds of Monaghan Farm in Gauteng, her abiding enthusiasm for the glass-infill steel structures of 20th century modern architecture finally found a fitting platform for expression.
‘When we visited the estate for the first time my thoughts immediately turned to the expansive vistas of Mies van der Rohe’s New National Gallery in Berlin,’ recalls Gillian.
One of her chief objectives was to capitalise on the natural surrounds. To this end, at the centre of the house, separating the office space from the bedroom wing is a 14m-long op