location: The Hills Eco Estate, Mooikloof – Pretoria East | architecture: JK Designs – www.jkdesigns.co.za | interior design: JK Designs | photography: Juane Venter – www.juaneventer.com

Located inside an established eco-residential estate, this stand is nestled in an area where wildlife roams free between the properties, while it enjoys expansive views over most of Pretoria East. The clients wanted a design that would invite this enviable indigenous landscape into their new build. The result is a structure of over 800 square metres on land measuring 1 200 square metres.

Architect Johann Koch recalls: ‘Their prerequisite was for a light-filled home with plenty of glass, and yet there was a need to maintain control of the interior climate. They appreciate the modern farm style / industrial design language that is supported by the estate’s aesthetic guidelines and we were encouraged to include red face brick, steel, glass and timber.

‘The clients enjoy entertaining, which drew creative focus to the format of the main living area. These interconnected spaces are ideal locations in which to host a multitude of events and the easy transition between the spaces maintains a focus on the views.’

This home maximises both vistas of the immediate surroundings and those distant. A good measure of privacy is preserved within, despite being an open space accentuated by high ceilings and over-sized windows. To remain within the limits of the building guidelines set out by The Hills, the architects had to push boundaries, but there are no boundary walls, so that wildlife can come as close to the house as possible. It was also important that the layout be practical, not only aesthetically appealing from the outside; it was therefore virtually conceptualised from the inside out.

For the full article see Habitat #275 January / February 2020 | Habitat Online #6 February / March 2020

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