House 01 Hyde Park, Johannesburg Luxury Real Estate Project, South African Home Photos

House 01 in Hyde Park, Johannesburg

14 June 2021

House 01, Johannesburg

Architects: Daffonchio and Associates Architects

Location: Hyde Park, Johannesburg, South Africa

House 01 Hyde Park Johannesburg

The House 01 has been designed to be highly flexible and adapt to the owners’ changing needs. The house has two skins throughout; the sliding glass windows and doors, and the sliding timber shutters, which enable the owners to constantly transform the look and feel of the spaces to suit their activities, the weather, and the time.

House 01 Hyde Park Johannesburg

On the ground floor, all of the doors in the living area can slide away to open out onto the expansive covered patio and garden, while the timber shutters set into the concrete portal on the south of the patio can slide away so that the patio is open to the landscaped motor court to the south, and to the garden and pool to the north.

House 01 Hyde Park Johannesburg

Along the full length of the northern facade on the first floor, folding stacking timber shutters outside the sliding windows provide shading and privacy for the bedrooms and TV room but can be stacked open for extra sun and views.

House 01 Hyde Park Johannesburg

The generous internal volumes are accentuated by means of floor to ceiling glass doors and windows, internal pivot doors, and cabinetry.

House 01 Hyde Park Johannesburg

The inclusion of a back of house kitchen, scullery, and pantry enable the front kitchen in the open plan living area to remain uncluttered, with all appliances and utensils concealed, so that it reads as part of the tranquil living space rather than as a utility area.

The use of raw, natural materials throughout the house, such as flamed granite floor tiles, wire-brushed white oak, exposed off shutter concrete, stone cladding, and natural stone countertops and mosaics, impart a sense of warmth, softness, and comfort.

House 01 Hyde Park Johannesburg

How is the project unique/ what feature is your favourite?
The outdoor entertainment area because we introduced the concept of also opening up this area to the South while typically in Johannesburg, and with most South African homes, they are open only to the North.

We designed a sliding wall at the back of the covered patio that disappears and once opened really doubles the view to the South and allows for a breeze cross ventilate the space.

House 01 Hyde Park Johannesburg

What was the brief?
Enrico says that the inspiration was honestly 100% Marcio Kogan of MK27’s work. In particular House Paraty.
“In that same year I’d traveled to São Paulo and met with Mariana Simas, Marcio’s right hand as Marcio was not in Brazil at the time. She’s an absolutely lovely woman, we spent a couple of hours at their offices talking about their work – it was incredible.”

House 01 was a culmination of an expression of clean lines. It was informed by the Johannesburg Highveld climate and the family’s living requirements – they had a very informal way of life, and we saw a big open plan living area as a key component in this space for them.

Added to that is a very large, covered entertainment area outside. So, this home is different in that the living areas are quite unique.

The material palette of raw natural stone tiles, timber slats and grey plaster and paint make for a natural, earthy combination and really allow the owners beautiful art collection to shine, including such pieces as a Deborah Bell sculpture in the entrance and a Dylan Lewis bronze.

House 01 Hyde Park Johannesburg

What were the key challenges?
It’s a very large area – the span of the roof is 22m– that was a structural challenge, to build that roof without throwing the budget out completely.

How we did it, is that the North and South wall of the first floor, are actually concrete beams up to the parapets, and we also used dry walling construction for the walls of the first floor to make it substantially lighter. And the roof we made as a composite roof that is concrete at the beginning and end but is timber in the middle so that the center of this structure is almost like a bridge, it’s very, very light which allowed for the load bearing on such a long span and we didn’t have to interrupt the interior flow with columns.

Who are the clients and what’s interesting about them?
The client is actually an old friend of Enrico’s who many years ago had said she when she one day built her dream home, wanted him to design it.
He was most fortunate to be given the opportunity when she and her husband opted to develop a piece of land they owned and build 3 very distinct homes on it.

If this house had a soundtrack, what would it be?
Enrico; “Anything by Cesária Évora and Bebel Gilberto.”

House 01 Hyde Park Johannesburg

House 01 in Johannesburg, South Africa – Building Information

Architects: Daffonchio and Associates Architects

Completion date: 2015
Building levels: 2

House 01 Hyde Park Johannesburg

Photography: Adam Letch

House 01, Hyde Park, Johannesburg images / information received from Daffonchio and Associates Architects

Location: Hyde Park, Johannesburg, South Africa

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