A couple swapped high-rise living for a compact single-storey home in Waterfall Country Estate, Kyalami, Jo’burg, and found that the views are just as impressive
Pitched roofs, metal louvres and glass walls give this single-storey house a uniquely contemporary look. “Their brief was for a free-flowing, level house where the outdoor living areas would hold as much importance as those indoors.” says Derick Britz of Studious Architects. The design he conceived comprises two wings that open up like a pavilion onto two courtyards: one is a clean-lined entertaining deck incorporating a pool and the other a pretty landscaped garden designed specifically to attract a variety of birdlife.
Although the house is a compact 410m2, every inch of space has been used efficiently. Derick introduced pitched roofs that work with the glass walls to give their home an incredibly airy, expansive feeling.
The house’s flexible spatial boundaries work like a bomb for parties. Guests are free to wander in and out as they please and can help themselves to drinks from industrial fridges in the small bar area that bridges the pool deck and living area. The home is in effect a ‘stoep’ that can be closed in.