Situated to the north west of Johannesburg on an idyllic pastoral small holding, the Highveldt House is a meditation on the vernacular farm house of the old Transvaal.
The accommodation of the house is freely arranged as a series of discreet objects underneath the large mono-pitched steel roofs. Deep overhangs, the ubiquitous “stoep”, articulated gutters and water collecting cylinders reference the traditional farm house typology while a large circular pool is a whimsical play on the “plaas dam”. By raising the building above the natural ground plane the home appears to float as a sculptural arrangement above the undulating natural grass veldt.
Designed as a family home for a young couple and their infant children, tantamount to the design was the clients concern for security. A private and secure entrance forecourt and a screened courtyard off the bedroom wing of the house create protected outdoor rooms. The elevated terrace at the front of the home offers spectacular views of the rolling landscape and the city of Johannesburg on the horizon.