This glass house is a luxury villa in Johannesburg, South Africa that was designed by Nico Van Der Meulen Architects fo the owners who have four children, and requested a contemporary mansion making provision for an informal lifestyle on a grand scale. This 4,000 sq. ft. custom designed glass and concrete home encapsulates luxury, comfort and functionality in a minimalist architectural settiing. The home boasts a small formal lounge cum tete-a -tete space, a large open plan family room, a dining room for 20 guests, basement parking for 14 cars and a playroom for the children next to the kitchen.
There’s also a breakfast room, lanai, bar, indoor and outdoor pool, a splash pool for the children, gymnasium, a kitchen with a pantry , walk-in cold rooms, billiards room, home theatre, six suites and a staff cottage.
The frameless glass folding doors start at the dining room and stretch for approximately 70m around the dining room, atrium, family room, lanai, water feature and gym.
The family room is a partially double volume space, flowing seamlessly into the lanai and heated indoor pool.
The staircase floats over a pond that is solar heated in winter, together the indoor pool and heat storage tanks keep the home at a constant 24°C throughout winter.
In the background, a circular raised glass water feature is framed by a two storey high beam which obviates the need for corner columns at the main suite.
An indoor pool area complete with a bar and seating area is accessible from the living room and garden. There is also an outdoor pool with deck chairs, so you can swim, read or just sunbathe. In front of the house a massive horseshoe shaped aquarium holds real fishes. Right next to the pool, there is a wooden table with six chairs underneath a skylight, which means it is probably for lunch or a small meal.