This sleek concrete-and-glass villa perched on a steep slope was built to facilitate an appreciation of its surroundings, to connect its inhabitants to the environment and to frame the views. Johan Wentzel and Grete van As of W Design Architecture Studio, who designed and built the house, wanted its owners to be almost unaware of it. It’s all about looking out, not being looked at. They deliberately avoided something that would draw attention to itself.
‘The lifestyle is more important than the house,’ says architect Johan. ‘It’s all about the landscape, and the feeling that you are in the bush; being in a place where you are aware of the seasons, where you can see the moon – not disconnected from nature.’
Read the full article in the August 2014 issue of House and Leisure.
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