Midcentury Modernism in Westcliff

Photographs Greg Cox Production Sven Alberding/bureaux.co.za. Guest cottage in Westcliff, Johannesburg as seen in DECO's #greenissue

A guest cottage hideaway in Westcliff, Johannesburg designed by architects Silvio Rech and Lesley Carstens demonstrates the ‘fusing of art and nature, and design and materialiality.’

Photographs Greg Cox Production Sven Alberding/bureaux.co.za.
Photographs Greg Cox Production Sven Alberding/bureaux.co.za.

Fusing nature with art and design and materiality

The 55m2 space situated atop a rocky ridge overlooking a wooded valley, was originally intended to house only parked cars as its purpose, but the architects decided to create an open-plan guest cottage which is directly influenced by these surrounds – with earthy elements in the home including raw concrete, rusted steel and glass.

Photographs Greg Cox Production Sven Alberding/bureaux.co.za.
Photographs Greg Cox Production Sven Alberding/bureaux.co.za.

This is midcentury modernism reinterpreted for an African context; a new modern, African language

Says Silvio of this bachelor-pad style interior, ‘There is no shortage of small spaces you can live in that have a bed, a toilet and a lounge, but this one is different. You feel abundance – light pouring in, novelty, luxury. There’s a grandeur to the space, albeit quite restrained and minimalist.’ A great addition to this grandeur is a glasswork structure, with each glass piece individually designed and hand-fired by Ariane Janse Van Resnburg. See the full story in our current issue on shelf…

Photographs Greg Cox Production Sven Alberding/bureaux.co.za. ANother angle of this shot made our Cover image for the #greenissue
Photographs Greg Cox Production Sven Alberding/bureaux.co.za. Another angle of this shot made our Cover image for the #greenissue

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


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