June 22, 2017
Unlike the rickety and ramshackle nature of most tree houses in the popular imagination, this charming abode in a heavily forested area outside Cape Town follows a rigorously geometric arrangement but still manages to blend perfectly into its woodland surroundings.
Designed by Malan Vorster Architecture, the floor plan of the petite three-storey structure is in the form of a square with four circles radiating from each corner. Columns rise from the middle of each circle with supporting beams branching out from the centres. Timber, glass and Cor-ten steel are the predominant materials. The exterior is clad in timber slats, enhancing the organic nature of the building and making the silo-shaped tubular structures feel more like giant tree trunks. The building houses a utility room, a living room, a bedroom and a spectacular roof terrace. Small but perfectly formed and unexpectedly in tune with nature.
Create a natural style design scheme with a touch of industrial influence with furniture such as the Kea shelves from Alki, the Keel coffee table from New Works and the Hauteville plywood chair from Lyon Beton.
Simple and sculptural suspension lights such as the Lantern pendant from New Works and the Standard pendant from Menu work well in rooms with lots of wood. For something with a hint of industrial style try the Tull desk light from Incipit.
February 26, 2021
How do you square the circle of practical, rectangular spaces with emotive, curvy designs? San Francisco based OPA Architects shows what's possible with the interior refurbishment of a modern house in Mill Valley, California.
February 16, 2021
Japanese zen style goes far beyond minimalist white spaces. It is about thoughtful spaces which encourage the contemplation of light, colours, textures and shapes - the building blocks of nature and beauty. The Shutter House in Perth is a great example.
February 08, 2021
There was a time when the use of marble was largely restricted to floors, posh kitchen counters and grave statutes. And then, at some point around the mid-noughties, marble was everywhere. Could the same be happening to terrazzo?
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