Bold Display Home Unleashing the Power of Traditional Design


The Rural Building Company designed and built a captivating family home in Darlington, Australia. A home built for the enjoyment of its inhabitants is exemplified in the panoramic Marri View Residence as gathering vistas from all angles. This beautiful display home in Australia opens the road to creating customized homes where you feel like a piece of the puzzle added to the whole.

Past inviting double French doors, the welcoming living space opens to views of the street. Bold and transparent, the traditional single family residence unfolds under raked timber lined ceilings as to gather all family under the same roof. Supported by a 300 mm diameter natural bush pole in the middle of the room, the roof shelters a collection of spaces built with a deep respect for individuality. Within an open floor plan rounded to the street, inviting and well illuminated social areas ease the way into social cooking and flirting with the idea of hosting more dinner parties.

From first impressions the elevation offers all the romance of a traditional Rural Building Company home, with featured bush pole supports, an extensive wrap around split pitch verandah and with exposed timber rafters. Detailed elements such as feature brickwork accented with render, and weatherboard panels contribute to the Australian feel of the home.” Architects of Rural Building Company continue with their description, delving deeper into the inspiring traditional design:
Within the spacious freeform living and dining areas is the stunning kitchen. It features an expansive window splash back with double French doors at either side which provide direct access to the well sized raking alfresco area. This allows for ease of interaction between guests and the chef when entertaining. Highlight raking windows situated above the kitchen allows for access of natural light during the day and further contribute to the openness of the design. The kitchen also features a separate fully appointed scullery with additional sink and walk in pantry, perfect for hiding kitchen appliances and the initial preparations of family meals. The scullery offers convenient access to a the laundry.”
The private bedroom wing accommodates the master bedroom, private office space and a home theatre, while the remaining three bedrooms with bathrooms were designed to occupy the opposite side of the home. Photos by Joel Barbitta show the harmonious architectural language contributing to a relaxing atmosphere.


































Encapsulating Luxury and Functionality: Contemporary House Sar in Johannesburg


Located within the leafy suburb of Athol, Johannesburg, the latest contemporary residence from Nico van der Meulen Architects was built to impress. House Sar is said to encapsulate “luxury, comfort and functionality in a minimalist architectural setting”. The clients approached Nico van der Meulen Architects with a modest single storey pitched roof house. Limited views and access to the garden resulted in the rooms being dark, and thus the clients’ main request was to transform this house into a light-filled open plan contemporary home. Ensuring that every room was naturally lit became the major challenge of this project for Werner van der Meulen.

A framework of steel columns and beams surround the entrance while louvered planes conceal the four garages and floating roofs. Upon arrival, a suspended steel framed cube hovers in mid air while the frameless glass pivot door welcomes you into a minimalist yet homely entrance hall. Replacing the existing tiled roof with a floating flat roof resulted in the living rooms being instantly illuminated, while a raised passage roof lets in north light, not only into the passage, but also into the guest bedroom on the south side of the house where an atrium allows morning sun into the bathroom and ventilates the suite safely and naturally.
The threshold between inside and outside becomes convincingly invisible when all the sliding doors are open, conveniently allowing for interaction between the open plan kitchen, lounge, family room and lanai. The lanai overlooks both swimming pool and water feature creating a contemporary landscape to compliment this modern home. [Photos and information provided via e-mail by Nico van der Meulen Architects]