This residence in Johannesburg, South Africa developed by the team at Summersun Property Group and initially discovered by our site on Sotheby’s is a massive display of opulence. The generously-sized house features five bedrooms, five bathrooms and large living areas for social encounters. The alternation between covered and open spaces contribute to its breezy, holiday-inspiring appearance.
Flanked by a pond on one side and by a swimming pool on the other, the two levels of the building are subtly reflected by water- probably an appealing sight, especially during night time. Once inside, a potential visitor is welcomed by spacious interiors, filled with natural light and refined design compositions. Except for the wall color, which is constant throughout the residence, no room is similar to the next, each interior having it own well defined personality. Currently on sale for $4,115,583, the project also features a strong security system, a home theater and a fitness center.
Energy during the construction process was saved by using FSC-certified glulam timber instead of steel to create the building’s distinctive wavy roof, while the store’s external walls use hemclad, a highly innovative insulator made from hemp, which, like all plants, absorbs CO2 from the atmosphere as it grows. An 80,000 litre water tank below ground provides water for the store’s toilets and waters the site’s green wall’, which provides natural insulation, acts as an all-natural pollution filter near the car park, and helps to encourage biodiversity. The result is a building that uses a fraction of the energy of structures of a similar size, and is still very popular with local shoppers.
These days, a building doesnt just have to look good, it should ideally be good for the environment too. A great example of sustainability spliced with style from the past few years is the M&S store at Cheshire Oaks Retail Park in Ellesmere Port, designed by Aukett Fitzroy Robinson.