Home Plett: Frozen In Motion

As seen in Elle Decoration Spring issue. Photographs Greg Cox/bureaux.co.za Production Sven Alberding/bureaux.co.za

Architect Lesley Carstens, with her husband Silvio Rech, designed the striking holiday home of Julian Treger that sits atop the fynbos-covered sand dunes of Keurboomstrand in Plettenberg Bay.

Rare pieces of furniture and artworks sit in the gallery type space. Photographs Greg Cox/bureaux.co.za Production Sven Alberding/bureaux.co.za
The holiday home of art and furniture collector Julian Treger. Photographs Greg Cox/bureaux.co.za Production Sven Alberding/bureaux.co.za

The building is something of a contradiction: it stops people in their tracks, yet because of its wavelike form, it is remarkably unobtrusive and sensitive to its surroundings.

Seen in Elle Decoration’s Spring Issue, this space age holiday home is designed to maximize the views and is inspired by wave and dune forms that surrounds it, as well as the futuristic architecture of the 1960’s. The fluid lines run throughout the home with the interior white walls reflecting the constant changes in sunlight outside.

The main outdoor area is designed to be protected from the wind. Photographs Greg Cox/bureaux.co.za Production Sven Alberding/bureaux.co.za
The main outdoor area is designed to be protected from the wind. Photographs Greg Cox/bureaux.co.za Production Sven Alberding/bureaux.co.za

Just as the weather and light is constantly changing in Plettenberg Bay, they designed a kind of dynamism into the forms of the building. ‘You sense that this building is ever moving, and it’s just frozen at the moment you see it,’ says Silvio.

Julian, an avid collector, has rare pieces of furniture and artworks throughout the home, sitting on the restful white interior backdrop much like a gallery. Some of the furniture was designed by the architects and is built-into the walls as extensions to the architecture itself. See the full story in print – Elle Decoration Spring issue on shelf now.

Original Text Graham Wood Photographs Greg Cox Production Sven Alberding /bureaux.co.za


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