Y’all I love a barn, and even a house inspired by a barn, so this one, on the outskirts of Pretoria in South Africa, is a favorite.
Despite its clear urban and industrial influences, the house was inspired by an old barn, and designed by the architect for her parents. But it’s less rustic and more urban and industrial; less old wood and more clear glass.
The central portion of the house, made of black steel and glass, is the clearest influence of the old barn. This “reception room” with its high cathedral style ceiling is bright and naturally lit, and breathtaking in its industrial simplicity. At the far end, where doors open onto a patio and lawn, is the large family dining table.
The two wings of the home aren’t made from glass and black metals and are a little more natural and slightly more rustic through the use of concrete, exposed brick and exposed carpentry of reclaimed wood.
Off the reception hall and dining room is the kitchen with a wooden island as its central hub; you’ll also find a wooden trap door that leads down into a temperature-controlled wine cellar. The trap door closes flat into the floor but still acts as a decorative piece that looks like it might have been part of a barn.
On the second floor, above the kitchen are the bedrooms and master suite, where you find a set of floor-to-ceiling windows, that can be left open, or can be covered by a sliding shade. On the top floor of the volume built on the other side of the reception hall is an activities space to feature art, gallery lighting, and bean bag chairs for reading, TV and music.
I do so love a barn, but I also love modern, urban, industrial, and this house, along with its own wine cellar … wine cellar … is perfection.
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