House Serengeti

This North-facing villa is perfectly balanced with an application of earthy textures against high-gloss finishes, and raw material against refined elements.

The home combines the use of rock, steel, wood and glass - classic modernist design elements re-mixed for new applications. The idea was to create a luxury family home with an ecologically sound design that maximizes indoor-outdoor living. The street front of the south entry home features a large rusted-steel-clad wall, cleverly mounted on tracks so that it slides back to reveal the double garage.

Visual continuity is provided through the use of rusted steel frames around the entrance and upper level window frames. Balau was used for the deck walkway from the street to the front door, which passes over a Koi pond at the front of the house. The master bathroom also has Balau timber floor decking so when the glass doors are slid back onto the terrace, the spaces are integrated.

Tiles were avoided in the bathrooms and back-sprayed glass was used instead. Part of the design is a two-foot-thick, stone-clad western wall serving as a heat absorber, making the home ecologically smart and functional. Furthermore the windows of this residence are recessed, with brise soleil that are strategically cantilevered to absorb the sun during the winter months, while blocking it in the summer.

All the interior design was done by M Square Lifestyle Design, who created a subtle sense of understated glamour through visual accents.
The kitchen was designed by M Square Lifetsyle Design and built by Blueline Kitchens. It won the award for the best designed kitchen using Ceasarstone in 2009. M Square Lifestyle Necessities was responsible for all the furniture and light fittings incorporating Molteni & C, Horm, Fantoni, Fontana Arte, Tom Dixon and Foscarini.

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“chic” — Herbert Betman
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“exterior” — UCSTN
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“Koi pond” — Jamie Bailey
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“Wood scrim” — noelange
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“Example of metal” — nina1997
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“Roof line/balcony” — 11911
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The windows are recessed with overhangs that are strategically cantilevered to catch the sun during the winter months, while blocking it in the summer.
“Roof top” — shanaybhem
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“Steel and glass” — lp95033
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The roof is made of chromadek and timber, which also provide insulation.
“Entire house” — melyzam23
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“Like the pendants” — Theart Interiors
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A kitchen window-hatch opens onto the barbeque area, providing an almost modern twist to the old-school roadhouse.
“Lovely view” — Theart Interiors
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The double-storey home has an open-plan living area downstairs.
“Stairs and Overall Concept” — Emily Treece
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The brief called for a stylish family home with an ecologically sound design that maximises indoor-outdoor living.
“Cocina” — edwin_espinoza_m
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M Square Lifestyle Necessities was responsible for all the furniture and light fittings incorporating Molteni & C, Horm, Fantoni, Fontana Arte, Tom Dixon and Foscarini.  
“Ok” — sergey55
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“nice studio” — Ignacio Salas Sanchez
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All the interior design was done by M Square Lifestyle Design, who created a subtle sense of understated glamour through visual accents.
“rock wall” — hmthelords
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All the interior design was done by M Square Lifestyle Design, who created a subtle sense of understated glamour through visual accents.
“bits and pieces” — konahavoc
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All the interior design was done by M Square Lifestyle Design, who created a subtle sense of understated glamour through visual accents.
“Height of door” — shanaybhem
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All the interior design was done by M Square Lifestyle Design, who created a subtle sense of understated glamour through visual accents.
“Is this rock too dark?” — nasiahadjigeorgiou
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“wall” — cookiejame
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