Hyde Park House
– Hyde Park, Johannesburg –
A family house in what should have been a ‘Caribbean doll’s house’ themed estate, this building puts living spaces on the first floor in a move more suited, generally, to holiday mode – where views are often ‘over the top’. This site sat hunched behind an existing 10ft wall, cast into the shade and inward looking… the typical victim of Joburg’s security paranoia. Over the wall, however, there is a beyond – a view made of treetops and views and sunlight.
The building, therefore, finds expression at first-floor level. Bedrooms are private and open into the garden. Living spaces float free above, opening onto large covered patios framed by rolled steel sections that carry sun-shading to the west. Two large vertical gardens bring landscape up into the first-floor realm, one internal, one external…. Light enters the building in a myriad of ways, from all directions, and at all heights…
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