An architect's house with African decoration and ubiquitous stone walls

An architect's house with African decoration and ubiquitous stone walls


The magnificent African decoration and the ubiquitous stone walls are two absolutely essential elements of this architect’s house ! For information, it is located near Stellenbosch, South Africa and bears the exotic name Sinkhuis House. The impressive residence was designed and realized in 2014 by the studio Slee & Co Architects with responsible architect Johann Slee.

An architect's house with African decoration and ubiquitous stone walls

The African house with stone walls and partial metal cladding extends over the miraculous surface of 780,0 m²! Because of its free architecture that goes off the beaten track this surface is not evenly distributed among the pieces. In fact, by reviewing his architect plans (available at the end of the photo gallery to follow), one could conclude that it is an elaborate labyrinth where one could easily go astray. Let’s explore its fascinating meanders!

Interior perfected by exotic furniture, African decoration and stone

An architect's house with African decoration and ubiquitous stone walls

We notice immediately that all the rooms inside the house have the same signature. These are antique furniture , even antique, wonderful crafts and especially portraits and nature-dead oil. All these elements of the so-called African decoration are once again emphasized by the “raw” bottom of the natural stone walls. But discover this magic yourself through the photo gallery!

Furniture and upholstery adorned with local ethnic motifs in the living room

An architect's house with African decoration and ubiquitous stone walls


The living room is open to the dining room and the kitchen as well as the garden, if any

An architect's house with African decoration and ubiquitous stone walls

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Many authentic antiques put forward by the “organic” background of local materials

An architect's house with African decoration and ubiquitous stone walls


The suspended chimney of the ceiling is the unique modern element which harmonizes however with the rest

An architect's house with African decoration and ubiquitous stone walls


The African decoration abounds in colors and attractive designs quite admirable

An architect's house with African decoration and ubiquitous stone walls

Perfect fusion of antique furniture and works of art on the bottom of stone walls

An architect's house with African decoration and ubiquitous stone walls

The key elements in the kitchen are the buffet, the central island and the solid wood shelves

An architect's house with African decoration and ubiquitous stone walls

The owner next to one of her favorite paintings

An architect's house with African decoration and ubiquitous stone walls

The owner in his favorite natural habitat

An architect's house with African decoration and ubiquitous stone walls

The office area is also equipped with antique furniture, a kilim and several wall frames

An architect's house with African decoration and ubiquitous stone walls

The African decoration in statuettes and paintings occupies every corner imaginable, including the staircase

An architect's house with African decoration and ubiquitous stone walls

Pretty floral details in the master bedroom and local craft furniture in that for the guests

An architect's house with African decoration and ubiquitous stone walls

The large bathroom with freestanding bathtub and built-in shower is adorned with a light blue mosaic

An architect's house with African decoration and ubiquitous stone walls

Stone walls are the ubiquitous bow element inside and out

An architect's house with African decoration and ubiquitous stone walls

Exotic living room and grass garden become a grace thanks to sliding shutters with brick partition

An architect's house with African decoration and ubiquitous stone walls

Overview of the house binder natural natural materials and modern metal cladding

An architect's house with African decoration and ubiquitous stone walls

Obviously, an architect’s house would not be complete without an outdoor pool

An architect's house with African decoration and ubiquitous stone walls

The cantilevered floor that overlooks the steeply sloping garden nicely landscaped

An architect's house with African decoration and ubiquitous stone walls

The bridge connecting the wings makes sure to preserve the existing tree on the ground

An architect's house with African decoration and ubiquitous stone walls

Regardless of the angle of view, the residence is really impressive

An architect's house with African decoration and ubiquitous stone walls

You can even take a swim in the open air, thanks to the stone walls that break the view!

An architect's house with African decoration and ubiquitous stone walls

As it should, the terrace allows to admire the spectacular landscape all around

An architect's house with African decoration and ubiquitous stone walls

Taming the difficult terrain: a successful landscaping model of the steep garden

An architect's house with African decoration and ubiquitous stone walls

The magical nuances of the African savannah and the sublime house at the foot of the mountain

An architect's house with African decoration and ubiquitous stone walls

Plan of architect of the ground floor and the stage of the habitat in a rather dynamic form

An architect's house with African decoration and ubiquitous stone walls

A project by: Slee & Co Architects
Photo credits: Will Punt – Peartree Photography

An architect's house with African decoration and ubiquitous stone walls


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