We increasingly find ourselves coming across stunning examples of residential architectural-delight in the city of Cape Town, South Africa. In this case, the owner requested a modern, glamorous, open plan, light-filled house with views from all rooms into the garden and the architects certainly delivered.
Glass House by Nico Van Der Meulen Architects is situated on a 4000 square metre site, with a total floor area of 2500 square metres.
The shape on the south side is a half circle, forming a horseshoe on the north side. Approaching the house form the gate the driveway is elevated to allow glimpses through the house to the garden and raised water feature on the other side of the house.
The porte cochere is a suspended glass and stainless steel structure, with view into the house and a stainless steel and glass staircase, suspended over a heated pond, (which in summer acts as a temperature stabilizer, and in winter as a giant heater) with a circular, raised glass water feature in the background, framed by a beam two storeys high.