It is simply spellbinding when you see modern architects and designers pull out all the stops to create lavish homes that incorporate not just a great design but also amazing ergonomics. Glass stone and wood have been pretty much the materials of choice when it comes to creating fabulous contemporary homes that range from the warm and the welcoming to the minimalistic and magical. This astounding and extravagant U-shaped glass house located in Houghton Johannesburg is all about unabated opulence. Designed by SAOTA () along with Antoni Associates this home charms you with its transparent brilliance.
Designed ever so dramatically by Tierra Design the structure is placed on a podium of granite cobbled walls and uses a z-shaped pattern to ensure that every part of the four-level home gets an unabated view of the sea. The most striking and visually appealing feature of the Villa Mayavee is the way in which architects have used water to not just offer a beautiful variation but also as a reflective surface that accentuates the beauty of the estate.
Designed by Alberto Kalach the interiors match the extravagant exterior inch for inch as they are covered in wood which matches the shade of the stone used outside. Apart from this lovely and flowing combination there is the wide use of glass which pretty much seems like a norm in most modern houses. It is of particular importance as the huge floor-to-ceiling glass windows offer unobstructed views of the vast Pacific.
The most apparent aspect of the estate is the extensive and at times extravagant use of glass which gives the home not just a very transparent look but also helps it bring in the many sights and sounds of the rocky Mediterranean coastline that surround it. With the interiors and the furnishings strictly adhering to a cool white template the house depends on the beautiful natural cove area to give it its unique character and a dash of color and freshness.
The entire upper floor is laced in lavishness and is sensibly adorned with floor to ceiling glass windows so as to disturb the existing privacy. Tables that have been carved out of stone and décor that is both refreshing and yet easy on the eyes with neutral shades complete the interiors.