One of the wonderfully inspiring concepts that South African architectural designers have started to embrace is the concept of inside / outside living. Temperatures in South African cities are very moderate and glorious. Especially in Johannesburg, where we have sunshine pretty much most of the year. Despite these advantages in spacial living it is still not part of traditional or “regional” architecture to design homes around this idea. Maybe it is a generational thing, maybe it is just a paradigm shift that is on the move – but I surely hope it will become our norm in the near future.
Even using shopping malls as an example, #eastgate mall is undergoing large renovations to open the interior maze up to the outside world. People want to feel the breeze and love the South African sky.
Above is a recent project where we had an inside and outside dinning “room”. This is unnecessary as you can just design one dining room, that will open up completely onto a patio or courtyard. Do not forget to design a way to then close the room into the house as your braai smoke will be everywhere!
Above is the interior (more formal) dinning room. This room has underfloor heating to make it a “hotspot” during winter dinners.
I am a big fan of separating the outdoor and indoor lounges. A TV can be noisy and it is better to have the crew on the patio sipping wine while the boys watch the rugby else where.
Patio furniture should be oversized and luxurious – it should almost double as your outdoor bedroom as well. Falling asleep on the couch with the Sunday paper barely gripped in your hand is a what we are aiming for.
The inside living room is luxurious and detailed. Note there are two large couches. His and Hers!
#arenddesigns #arendinteriordesign #arendinteriors