Queen of the South African VILLA
der Merwe and Macio Miszewski.
It has massive glass windows and the light filters through the trees into the open, spacious living area.
The architects’ brief called for the existing stone pines and poplars to be preserved where possible, the views of the city, harbour beyond and Table Mountain behind to be maximised, and for excavation to be minimised.
Botha said: “My husband and I are keen birdwatchers. That’s one of the benefits of being surrounded by all these trees.
“The big glass windows bring us close to nature. The views from the top floor are breathtaking.”
The east façade opens on to a lightweight steel-and-timber walkway, a pure concrete frame structural grid with infill glazed panels, creating a sense of openness, which can be manipulated by timber folding- sliding shutters to control privacy, sunshine and ventilation.
The flat roof tilts up along its southern and western edges to catch glimpses of Table Mountain.
The interior is a mix of glass and silver, where mahogany pieces mix with other softer furnishings, and the walls pay tribute to South African artists including moderns Gerald Tabata and Bill Ainslie, as well as old masters Irma Stern and Jacob Pierneef.
Thisglassball ispartof Therese Botha’s extensiveglass collection.