Breathtaking Beauty

A house in Houghton, Johannesburg designed by in collaboration with Stefan Antoni Olmsdahl Truen Architects and Antoni Associates caught our eye as it showcases the best in South African design.





6th 1448 Houghton Residence by SAOTA:


“The brief was to create a home for an extended Johannesburg family. Situated in Houghton on a gentle slope, the site is surrounded by trees and has views from the upper levels.




The site was split into two separate sites organised around a common entrance and driveway providing access to both houses. The houses have a U-shaped configuration organised around an internal courtyard and allows access to all of the living spaces and the swimming pool. A perforated wall separates the public forecourt from the private spaces.


Internally the spaces pivot around a central volume with a ribbon like spiral stair. The living spaces, kitchen and private garden are to the north, while the games room, pool and gym are to the west. All of these spaces connect to the courtyard which in turn connects back to the main house and its living spaces.


Because of the west facing façade, a set of large shutters, which drop below the level of the first floor slab, provide shade and protection from the setting sun. Care was also taken in selecting performance-glass that would minimise the impact of direct sun. The bedrooms and study are on the upper level. The passage to the children’s bedroom runs along the perforated wall that separates the building from the driveway.




Antoni Associates were appointed to create a contemporary interior which needed to reflect their family lifestyle. The décor and furniture selected are modern and have strong lines to complement the linear architecture. A number of bespoke furniture pieces were designed by OKHA Interiors. Neutral palettes with accent colours have been used throughout. Strong graphic rugs add drama and texture to the rooms which offset against the solid architectural surfaces. Curated art by South African artists amongst others Lyndi Sales and Philip Barlow have been placed throughout the house.” (Homedsgn)


Loading comments
More Featured Property articles
Featured Property
5 Exquisite Estate Homes in Pretoria
03 May 2021
Residential estates have long been considered the top choice for many home buyers due to the increased sense of security and community. With more people spending time at home now that remote working has become prevalent, quality of life has become a key consideration when buying or renting a property - and for many, all these can be found in lifestyle estates.
read more
Featured Property
5 Beautiful Durban homes for sale
26 Apr 2021
Lush gardens in charming suburbs are a characteristic feature of property in Durban, while homes can range from the ultra-modern to the more old-world design elements of years gone by.
read more