6th 1448 Houghton project by SAOTA and Antoni Associates.
The short was to generate a house for an extended Johannesburg household. Situated in Houghton on a gentle slope, the website is surrounded by trees and has views from the upper levels.
The web site was split into two separate web sites organised around a common entrance and driveway offering access to both homes. The houses have a U-shaped configuration organised around an internal courtyard and makes it possible for access to all of the living spaces and the swimming pool. A perforated wall separates the public forecourt from the private spaces.
Internally the spaces pivot around a central volume with a ribbon like spiral stair. The living spaces, kitchen and private garden are to the north, whilst the games room, pool and health club are to the west. All of these spaces connect to the courtyard which in turn connects back to the principal home and its living spaces.
Due to the fact of the west facing façade, a set of large shutters, which drop below the level of the initial floor slab, provide shade and protection from the setting sun. Care was also taken in picking overall performance-glass that would minimise the influence of direct sun. The bedrooms and study are on the upper level. The passage to the children’s bedroom runs along the perforated wall that separates the constructing from the driveway.
Antoni Associates were appointed to develop a contemporary interior which needed to reflect their family members way of life. The décor and furnishings selected are modern day and have powerful lines to complement the linear architecture. A number of bespoke furnishings pieces had been made by OKHA Interiors. Neutral palettes with accent colours have been utilized throughout. Powerful graphic rugs add drama and texture to the rooms which offset against the strong architectural surfaces. Curated art by South African artists amongst others Lyndi Sales and Philip Barlow have been placed throughout the property.