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6 reasons you'll love our #HLArchitectureIssue

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Each month when we sit down as a team to plan our initial outline for an upcoming issue, I already have a few clear notions about what I’d like it to contain. But when the time came to brainstorm this Architecture & Design issue, I had no idea how we should tackle the theme. I knew what I did not want, however – a magazine dedicated to megastructures and ego. And so the conversation quickly turned to domed buildings and ‘softer’ spaces. The team were unanimously interested in structures and spaces that wrap and embrace their users, that reveal themselves slowly and that react to their surrounds in a gentle way. Quite the opposite of strict linear skyscrapers in Sandton clad in reflective glass… 

Owing to this insight, the #HLArchitectureIssue is dedicated to grand-because-they-are-not-grand spaces made with honest materials that explore simple, uncomplicated form. 

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1. pause for thought

Pair soft leather and and crisp canvas in natural hues with tactile terracotta and glazed ceramics for a look that speaks volumes about your space.

Production and styling: Jeanne Botes; Art direction: Ian Martin; Photographs: Greg Cox

2. body of work: laduma ngxokolo

The knitwear guru and founder of Maxhosa uses all his senses to create his pieces – including his gorgeous new rug collection. Turn to pages 36–37 for his insight. 

Photograph: Graeme Wyllie

3. mind in matter

Zimbabwe-born sculptor Michele Mathison's work interrogates the ongoing social and environmental impacts of technology's grip on the planet. Writer Alexander Dodd conveys Mathison's vision on pages 38–40.

'Lost Ground' by Michele Mathison, which formed part of his 2016 solo exhibition at London's Tyburn Gallery. 

4. set in stone

With a strong connection to its surrounding landscape, this minimalist weekend home in Morcote, Switzerland, provides a tranquil haven that epitomises indoor-outdoor living. Turn to pages 68–75 and be inspired. 

Located on a hillside above Lake Lugano in Marcote, Switzerland, this clean-lined abode by Swiss studio Wespi de Meuron Romeo Architects blends seamlessly into its picturesque surroundings.
Photograph: Monica Spezia/Living Inside

5. mixed use

Joburg's new Victoria Yards Precinct is leading the way in imagining how social development can be combined with commercial enterprise in South Africa's urban spaces. Explore its sights and sounds on pages 88–90. 

Photograph: Graeme Wyllie; Production: Garreth van Niekerk
Artist Blessing Ngobeni in his studio; Photograph: Graeme Wyllie

6. postcard from puglia

Along the heel of Italy's boot, every road leads to a seaside town and every meal ends with a traditional digestif liqueur. This month we touch down on Puglia and embark on a European summer. Turn to page 108 and start packing. 

Polignano a mare - scenic small town in Puglia, Italy.