An outdated residence in Limpopo,South Africa, became a sleek semi-transparent modern residence the owners can be proud of. The Aboo Makhado Residence (or House Aboobaker) was designed by Nico van der Meulen Architects. Their task was to reconstructing an old residence while taking into account the excessive heat and need for natural light. Welcoming the inhabitants and guests with a special water feature on the facade, this South African home benefits from a 1132 square meters plot. The renovation increased the living surface from 343 square meters to 494 sqm.
The vaulted roof with heavy masonry was replaced with steel and glass and the spaces were opened to the outside, where a wrap-around set of water features – including a swimming pool- were given the chance to offer relaxation. Here are a few words from the architects: “Extensive use was made of steel in varied forms, and large expanse of opening glass and double volume areas, to allow as much natural light in as possible, with sun control to allow sun into the house only in winter as well as a lightweight, well insulated structure that cools down fast in the evening, thereby enhancing the feeling of space while creating natural cooling through the use of water features and the pool.”