South Africa is home to fancy, competitive, and architectural designs featuring the best in the real estate business. The beauty of these houses encompass immediate client needs and wants necessary when seeking for a dream home. This article examines some of the most beautiful houses in the country not only for their style, but also as an expression of diversity. Read further to explore beautiful houses in South Africa and what distinguishes them from the rest.
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The architectural standards applied in South Africa favorably compete at the international scale. As a result, these designs remain inspirational to several architects across the globe. Many people, both the locals and outsiders, have a narrow viewpoint about South Africa, especially in housing. Even then, it is increasingly becoming common to spot beautiful South African houses when driving across leafy estates in major towns and cities. The new trend is fast manifesting itself amid market struggles aiming to survive different dynamics.
Mansions in South Africa
South Africa is a fast developing nation with some of the wealthiest and most talented architectures on the continent. Consequent parts of this article bring you some of the most beautiful houses in Soweto and Cape Town among other leading towns with leafy suburbs.
Luxury homes in South Africa
South Africa leads in the establishment of extreme homes in the continent. Here are ten of the best houses in South Africa.
1. Ultimate open-plan living; OVD 919 House in Bantry Bay, Cape Town
This beautiful and extreme home features an elegant architectural design done by SAOTA firm. The primary goal of its owners was fusing the structure to the landscape to attain a panoramic view of the sea and mountain in its neighborhood. Ultimate open-plan living treads on the land of natural beauty, therefore, making it even more attractive to its onlookers. The architectural designers of the house purposed to match the house to its surrounding on the slopes of Lion’s Head Mountain.
The building has all the living areas on its ground floor with baths and bedrooms above. All the rooms in this magnificent house are spacious, and they guarantee captivating views of the outside world. Generous use of glass by the builders is another impressive aspect about the house. By folding the glass doors away, the lounge turns to a verandah looking over to the mountains and the ocean. Glass is carefully used in the design of the house such that it does not jeopardize the privacy of its occupants. It is undoubtedly one of the best eye catching double storey houses in South Africa.
2. Galilai Rotating House: Somerset West
Many home seekers are keen to acquire properties that offer them refreshing and pleasant outdoor views. While attempting to merge this gap, Raymond Alexander came up with this design in 2001. The architect further incorporated changing vistas alongside lovely views.
The views of the upper floor constantly change with a 350 degree as an angle of rotation in either direction. This floor sits on a powerful German-made motor and is accessible through a walkway. The slow revolution of the upper floor constantly alters window views.
Galilai is one of the beautiful houses in Cape Town sitting at Somerset about 45 kilometers from the city. The house gets much of its good looks from structural elevations in the foothills that make it a better spot to view the ocean and mountains. One can clearly view Table Mountain from the house on a clear day.
The access to the upper and ground floors is independent, each with bathrooms, living spaces, bedrooms, and kitchens. The two levels are connected with a walkway or a rift. The innovative design on arched doorways and rounded windows is universally appealing. Galilai extreme home is one of its kind in the region, offering sufficient earthquake proof to its inhabitants.
3. Kloof Road: Steel elegance in Johannesburg
There are several pictures of beautiful houses in South Africa that have featured this extreme home. The house is an assemblage of uniquely molded black steel. The architects behind this structure, Nico van der Meulen Johannesburg, utilized much glass to bring about a balance in its lighting and space because such is impossible with concrete and metallic walls. Most onlookers often confuse the building with a monumental sculpture. The section of steel that sweeps across the surface is the reason behind this impression, which offsets the geometric and box-like sections.
This beautiful home particularly boasts of great entertainment spaces, 4 en suite bedrooms, fascinating living rooms, playrooms, sufficient outdoor area, and equipped kitchen. The frameless glass doors equally make up for much of the beauty that emanates from this classy home. In general, the building looks restful and perfectly blends with its surrounding. Other state of the art features include the solar-powered heating installed under the floor, a modern swimming pool, a garage with a capacity of 4, and a fire pit.
4. House Jones: The meeting of environmental and aesthetic needs
This home by ERA Architects was primarily established with environmental inspiration. The house is categorically beautiful because the architect creatively intended to achieve a visually striking structure. The structure threads lightly on the planet through the incorporation of solar panels and PVC.
Even better, the structure incorporates a reliable system that recycles and conserve water besides using and saving renewable clean energy used for heating. Solar energy is harvested carefully and integrated into the establishment of this structure whose fundamental goal is to conserve the environment. House Jones intelligently uses natural light for heating and utilizes the same for lighting.
The plant covered home is encased in a metal frame that provides sufficient space for its inhabitants. Every part of the house has a self-contained micro-climate which enhances free flow between the exterior and the interior spaces. The plants surrounding this mega-structure not only regulate temperature but also improve the quality of air circulating in the house.
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5. The Hemp House: High on eco-awareness
The structure is largely conventional and is exceedingly beautiful from the aesthetic point of view. However simple, the structure is indeed a hemp as its name “The Hemporium” suggests. The house is remarkable for its low carbon footprint. The roof is printed with sour figs, one of the hardest plants in the succulent species with rainwater runoff properties and capabilities of releasing a lot of oxygen. Tony Budden is the owner of this sustainable structure both in its design and construction. The house stands at Noordhoek with proximity to Cape Town. The house designer spent much of time finish its interior rendering the interior more attractive than the outside. The clutter-free and modern interior has wood covering its walls, classy lampshades, and other decorations.
6. The glass house in the trees
The house by Van Der Merwe Miszewski Architects is very spacious and is integrated well with nature. The architect was keen to incorporate huge metal beams and glass exterior wall that blends perfectly with the green surrounding. Unlike other nice houses in South Africa, the home is surrounded by indigenous green trees and a valley in the middle of which a stream flows peacefully. Inhabitants also enjoy a panoramic view of Table Mountain. The three-floor story is one of its kind in the region.
Besides a good view of the forest cover below, the house lets in fresh air by sliding the frameless glass wall. It is certain that inhabitants of the house enjoy wonderful scents, birdsongs, and throbbing sounds of the running stream waters. The house architect mainly purposed to achieve harmony between the home and nature upon which it stands. The house gets much of its good looks from wooden floors, stainless steel railing, use of blinds, and minimalist décor.
7. The Westcliff Pavilion
The house gets its name from Johannesburg Westcliff suburb, a collaborative master design done by Clare Eisenstein of GASS and Georg van Gass. The skillful and extensive steel use is allegedly the mother of the term “Pavilion”. Steel is the best material for designers intending to build with glass in a bid to blend their structure with the immediate environment. The home is established inside a wooden estate partly on the Westcliff Ridge, giving the house straightforward access to Johannesburg neighborhood and indigenous trees.
Sprung wooden floors and skillfully laid stone walls are characteristic for this beautiful home. Both internal and external walls are built using locally available stones that match with the surrounding. Despite vast assemblage of materials used in developing this home, the house appears as though floating on the ground. Sunk steel rods make the house look as though it is weightless. Surprisingly, the large stone on its outside seems to be suspended at first sight. Vibrant trees are surrounding and camouflaging the house which shares an open design. The home is lovely, and it offers free movement to its inhabitants, light and most important, air.
8. Glass and concrete contemporary luxury
The client was looking for a glamorous, open-planned, and modern house with plentiful of light. Nico Van Der Meulen Architects tactfully designed him a firmly grounded glass home at Johannesburg. The house is like none other in the region, offering an extensive garden view from every room of the house.
Several features make this unique structure the top in our list of beautiful houses. The stainless steel, heated bond, timber-clad lift tower, glass staircase, and outdoor pool are some of the main features in the home. Similarly, the interior of the house offers both formal and informal lounge areas, and frameless glass doors are forming part of the external wall. There is also an indoor pool, a gym, and the family room. Interestingly, one can jump into the pool from the main bedroom of access the gym by swimming across the pool. The basement parking can accommodate a dozen cars. There is also a private art gallery, and Jerusalem imported clad with stone.
9. A contemporary, sleek tree house
This artistic house is the work of Malan Vorster Architecture specifically done by Jan-Heyn Vorster and Pieter Malan. The house is uniquely constructed and engineered to meet all clients needs with elegance and assimilation to the green surrounding.
The house engaged an intensive construction with laser cut Corten steel columns, arms, and rings. The steel structure shape takes after that of a tree. The house magnificently stands on stilts and comprises of three cylindrical towers standing three floors high. The home also has untreated timber and large glass areas. Wood and steel were chosen because they blend well with age to the immediate surroundings.
It is almost hard to agree to the fact that this beautiful one bedroom sits in the suburbs of Cape Town. The interior design of the house is effective and well supported with large steel rings. These rings accurately combine with ceilings and timber flooring joined with brass. The resulting looks are not only clean but also sparkling and modern. Every part and section of this extreme home is well lit, airy, and forms a part of the surrounding as observed through the glassy windows.
10. Nieu Bethesda’s “Owl House”
This was the home of Helen Martin, an eccentric local artist. The house is not very much captivating on its outside as with its inside. The building was given a name by the locals who noted that Helen was gathering owls to watch over her house. The extraordinary house now serves as a museum and has literally incorporated both color and texture to the life of the late Martin.
The artistic cement owls occupy the backyard and are painted with colored eyes. The creator of these birds used cement, wires, colored glass bottles, and broken glass among other materials to achieve the purpose. The artistic yard also features personal mythology surrounding the sun as the source of our everyday magic.
Whether you want to build a dream home or you are simply browsing for fascinating architectural designs, the modern world has plentiful for you. Our list of beautiful houses in South Africa is a perfect example of leading designs in the country. Which of our designs inspired you the most?