Feng shui orientation and interior design of a South African architect's house
Metropole Architects recently completed a house overlooking the Indian Ocean, north of Durban, South Africa. The whole house has been designed according to the principles of Feng shui in terms of shape, position, orientation and interior design . As you can see from the first, the shape of its roof is very similar to that of the traditional Chinese house. But are there any unexpected surprises inside? Let’s admire his design reflecting the ancient art of Taoist through a gallery of fabulous photos and find the answers together!
But before contemplating the interior design of this magical corner, we must start from the beginning … In front of this traditional and contemporary house at the same time, there is a wooden footbridge surrounded by several green plants and rockery. This is the main walkway leading to the front door and we notice that its roof has adopted the shape of a pergola of modern design. This magnificent architectural solution is probably related to the free flow of air- one of the fundamental principles of Feng Shui.
House facade and interior design according to Feng Shui
Crossing the threshold, we find ourselves on the ground floor of the house, where are located a garage for 2 cars, an area for staff and a storage room for garden furniture and other seasonal items.
We also see an elevator and a staircase that lead to the upper floor – the main living space of the residence. And given that the staircase has become much more than a purely functional structural element, one must at all costs pay attention to its design. For security reasons, but also aesthetic, an LED ribbon accentuates each of its solid wood-looking steps. In addition, his railing is transparent glass barely visible which also has to do with the doctrine of not blocking the view and positive energy.
Interior design firm Ann Alderton Bespoke took care of the layout and decoration of the house. And we can certainly applaud because the result is a luxurious and sophisticated decor with a touch of glamor, but at the same time 100% meeting the needs of a growing family.
Just in the heart of the African architect’s house, we see a double height ceiling volume (shown above). In the metaphorical sense, it is the central axis of the home around which all the other important elements of its interior design revolve.
Outdoor landscaping and interior design in perfect harmony
Right next to the main lounge, outside, there is a sun terrace with mini-pool and natural stone waterfall. Place these items on the side of the house, protecting them from ocean winds without sheltering them completely. This is actually one of the most obvious architectural manifestations of Feng Shui philosophy.
On the other side of the house, you can easily see the large Chinese eaves, the upper floor with its panoramic terrace overlooking, and at night the aesthetic exterior lighting that serves to highlight more the overall design.
We easily go back inside through the large sliding glass doors to find ourselves in the second living room. This smooth transition is always inspired by Feng Shui and can be noticed everywhere at home.
Second living room with ocean view
Room for 2 teenagers
Office at home
Bathroom and dressing room
Luxury panoramic terrace
Architects: Metropole Architects
Main contractor: Sygnatur Projects
Engineers: Young and Satharia
Feng Shui Consultants: Albert Leroux and Michael Ruthven
Kitchen, vanities and built-in wardrobes: Ken Leiman
Wooden details: Timber Trends
Landscaping: Lynch Frog Landscapes
Photo credits: Grant Pitcher