There was a time when modernism was at odds with the organic designs of nature. As eco-consciousness has taken over the minds of the public, it has also spilled over into the design world, resulting in a new realm of modernist, green designs. From eco-friendly building materials to designs that minimize water and electricity use, this modern sustainable home elegantly combine the stylish and sustainable.
Warm in winter, cold in summer, architect Gillian Holl’s house at Monaghan Farm near Lanseria is sustainable, ecologically sound, and an intrinsic part of its surroundings.“I used a steel-framed structure with slot glass panels for an inside-outside living room. While we constructed a spine wall of rammed earth using excavated soil and lime in line with our ethos of sustainability, the majority of the house – aside from the bedroom areas – is transparent allowing unobstructed views.” On a sunny day, Gillian opens up the panels completely so there are no barriers to the space outside.
In summer, they swim in a pool with no chlorine. “It’s environmentally sound and water is filtered using plants” – so sound in fact that they will share the pool with around 50 or so fish. Love just this house! We are close to the city, but world’s apart. We are a part of nature.”
The kitchen is “the heart” of their home. “It’s an extension of the architecture of the house. We chose indigenous brown kiaat along with recycled steel. Joinery maker Gustaf Smook made the kitchen cabinets and woodwork so that the kitchen drawers are slanted, contrasting with the streamlined cupboards.”