Set in the heart of Windhoek stands what initially appears to be a monolithic structure with piercing forms creating negative and positive spaces to a some what minimalist design.
1.0 The entrance hallway acts a gallery to the building progress
The design of the house demanded an attention to its interiors so when I was approached whilst working at Marley Tjitjo Architects Inc. to do the interior architecture and decor for this project I already had an idea of what the brief would be by looking at the buildings design.
The clients of this house had a very specific brief that being that they wanted a black and white minimalist house and that this was to continue into the interiors.
2.0 The formal lounge with beautiful vistas of Windhoek
Sourcing furniture from companies I was familiar with in Italy and Capetown, I tried to maintain the minimalist requirements the clients demanded.
Being owners of several livestock farms in Northern Namibia, they had plenty of hides that we used to make custom floor rugs for the formal lounge and entrance hall, that were then complimented by furnishings from the prestigious store Klooftique in Cape town.
Keeping in line with customization, I also managed to collaborate with local graphic and industrial designers to create custom pieces for this house.The most striking being the chandelier that dropped through 3 volumes making the visitors eyes travel through the house vertically.
3.0 triple volume chandelier
One of my personal favorites is the Perspex installation in the main study. The concept of the piece was derived from the actual coordinates of the house on planet earth.
4.0 The main study
The interiors brought a diagonal dynamism to oppose the rather straight and singular lines the architecture presented as its canvas. This is best illustrated in the bar and home theater designs.
5.0 The main bar
6.0 Home Theater
A red accent is used to tie all the rooms together straying from the black and white premise but still in keeping with the minimalist brief.
7.0 Master Dressing room
The city of Windhoek is fast becoming a hub of architectural development with the general aesthetic deviating from the classical to the more modernist designs. Interior architecture is still in its infancy as a profession in the country but I hope that this is the start of a movement towards a more holistic approach to design, where architecture meets landscapes and interiors compliment the buildings essence.
images: joash perera photography, windhoek