This home in Parktown West is an essay in what it means to live in the here and now
A large galvanised-steel electricity pylon imposes itself on the ‘messy’ but remarkable view from artist Roelof Petrus van Wyk’s Parktown West house overlooking Auckland Park and Melville. He loves the untidiness of it. In fact, this remarkable steel-and-glass house is in many ways directly inspired by the city’s urban-i
An easy indoor-outdoor flow meets Scandinavian simplicity in this Pretoria home
‘This house lives so well,’ Luchelle Nel starts, her words hinting at the success of its design, its easy flow and the joy of living in harmony with the outdoors. The relationship to what’s outside is an integral part of the way we live as South Africans and, as a result, glass-fronted homes and giant doors that fold away are all a means to drawing the outside in. It was exactly that, plus a manageable house that maximised functionality, that Luchelle, a doctor, and her surgeon husband Philippus wanted for themselves and their two small children Philip (one) and Alexa (four).
‘I didn’t realise it at the time