I often find it frustrating when I see so many of the popular misconceptions of Africa. While its challenges are covered extensively, very little is often said about so much of the vibrant and exciting developments. Southern Africa has a rather underexposed but very exciting arts and design scene, my recent trip has left me with a renewed intent to share more of it here with you.
Cape Town, South Africa boasts some of the most beautiful and innovative modern residential architecture I've seen recently. The incredible landscape and the juxtapose of ocean and mountains against this vibrant city make it an amazing backdrop for clean, modern designs. Cape Town based architecture studio Antonio Zaninovic Architects have created modern liveable spaces that really enhance and maximize the natural surroundings. The Newlands house (below) boasts a beautiful courtyard garden with local flora off the main house, complete with infinity pool and spectacular city views.
(My favourite element - the courtyard garden right off of the bedroom)
I was so impressed with this firm's work I couldn't resist sharing two different projects. The Gubbins House (below), is also in Cape Town is an incredible show shopper with breathtaking views of the local landscape and mountains, the city below and the ocean glimmering off in the distance. It instantly became my current dream home.