BEST NEW PRI­VATE HOUSE

THE NEST, NAMIB DESERT, NAMIBIA, BY PORKY HE­FER

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This se­cluded re­treat in the Namib Desert is the first new build house by South African de­signer Porky He­fer, who took cues from his ‘Nest’ fur­ni­ture se­ries, up­scal­ing and ex­trap­o­lat­ing ar­chi­tec­turally. Con­ceived for con­ser­va­tion­ist Swen Bachran, the house is thatched with reeds col­lected from along the Zam­bezi River, pro­vid­ing nat­u­ral in­su­la­tion, while the bricks and steel frame were hand­made on site. In­side, a sunken lounge with leather ban­quette pays homage to the or­ganic style of the late Amer­i­can ar­chi­tect Bruce Goff. an­i­mal-farm.co.za

Pho­tog­ra­phy: Katinka Bester

THIS PAGE, LO­CATED IN THE NAMIB TSARIS CON­SER­VANCY, A PRI­VATE RE­SERVE IN THE NAMIB DESERT, THE NEST IS IN­SPIRED BY THE VAST NESTS OF THE LO­CAL SO­CIA­BLE WEAVER BIRDS OP­PO­SITE, PAOLA AN­TONELLI AT THE AR­CHI­TEC­TURE AND DE­SIGN STUDY CEN­TRE AT THE MU­SEUM OF MOD­ERN ART (MOMA) IN NEW YORK

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