If you dream of a contemporary home, with an exquisite sense of style embedded, the Sedibe House designed by Nico van der Meulen Architects, located in Johannesburg, is something that might just catch your attention. The Sedibe House is very dynamic and rich in details, mixing materials, layers and textures. On top of that, the warm copper accents complete the décor, revealing a home that blends with the natural landscape. The abundance of open spaces and airiness enhance the feeling of relaxation. The house is situated nearby a golf course, so the views are quite impressive and beautiful.
Some of the most interesting elements of décor are the copper-like metallic-rounded lamps, hanging from the ceiling. Exhaling elegance and sophistication, the interior is bright, luscious and transparent. “Walking over a Koi pond before entering the house sets the tone of tranquility which engulfs you as you make your way through the well designed open plan double volume spaces. Suspended bridges and a glass staircase pierce the majestic double volume space contributing to the open and airiness of this design”. Impeccable and distinguished, Sedibe House is a successful attempt to connect the inhabitant with the natural site.
Energy during the construction process was saved by using FSC-certified glulam timber instead of steel to create the building’s distinctive wavy roof, while the store’s external walls use hemclad, a highly innovative insulator made from hemp, which, like all plants, absorbs CO2 from the atmosphere as it grows. An 80,000 litre water tank below ground provides water for the store’s toilets and waters the site’s green wall’, which provides natural insulation, acts as an all-natural pollution filter near the car park, and helps to encourage biodiversity. The result is a building that uses a fraction of the energy of structures of a similar size, and is still very popular with local shoppers.
These days, a building doesnt just have to look good, it should ideally be good for the environment too. A great example of sustainability spliced with style from the past few years is the M&S store at Cheshire Oaks Retail Park in Ellesmere Port, designed by Aukett Fitzroy Robinson.