• Highveld Pavilion / Studio Mas

Architects: Studio Mas  
Location: Johannesburg,  South Africa
Project Year: 2008
Photographer: Studio Mas
Website: www.studiomas.com

Instigated in a highly contemporary environment, the Highveld pavillion is reminiscent of a Mies van der Rohe structure, touched and ordained by the masters of their trade. The building is located in a lush plot, south of johannesburg and oozes structural neatness, and extravagance with crisp clean glass lines and a air of permanence on the ground that it stands on. It is a project that within it feels supreme and approached from afar feels lights and spacious within the small plot that it covers.

From the Project Architects:
This private guest cottage is situated in a lush smallholding along the Vaal River in Vanderbjlpark south of Johannesburg. The buildings function is as garden pavilions, with open entertain areas that also provide weekend accommodation. The building maximizes the scenic surrounding by providing complete visual connection between the interior spaces and the surrounding landscape. 

The building consists of two parallel blocks set within the densely treed landscape. They are connected by a garden wall along their eastern façades, creating an intimate courtyard space. The illusion of being completely outside while inside is enhanced by the use of frameless glazing on all sides as well as seamless external floor finishes. Bedroom suites feature open plan bathrooms as well as an intimate television lounge. Laser cut artworks by Willem Boschoff slide across the façade, providing an interesting and beautiful solution for adjustable privacy. 

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