Japanese-inspired wood-panelled feature wall. Photographs: Greg Cox and Lar Leslie Production: Sven Alberding/ all bureaux.co.za

Set on the mountainside surrounded by indigenous gardens, Yola Bergh’s Cape Town home has interior and exterior spaces merging seamlessly together with zen-like serenity, and a distinctly modern aesthetic.

Interior and exterior spaces merge in zen-like harmony. Photographs: Greg Cox and Lar Leslie Production: Sven Alberding/ all bureaux.co.za
Interior and exterior spaces merge in zen-like harmony. Photographs: Greg Cox and Lar Leslie Production: Sven Alberding/ all bureaux.co.za

Showcased in Elle Decoration’s Spring issue, this home sits mountainside in the Southern Suburbs of Cape Town. Architect Antonio Zaninovic has a design philosophy of  ‘being guided by the landscape’ which was perfectly suited owner Yola’s resonance with the aesthetic of Japanese homes – clean lines, free of clutter, with use of natural materials.

Contemporary, modern, with a peaceful, uncluttered ambience inspired by Japanese homes.

– Yola Bergh

A courtyard plays a central part in bringing nature and light throughout the day in to all the rooms, from the open-plan living area to the more compact bedrooms. Steel, glass, corcoleum and concrete interplay with timber features – a meranti paneled wall and kiaat window frames.

Light is the most important aspect of my work and the house is oriented in such way that every room gets light throughout the day

– Antonio Zaninovic

Photographs: Greg Cox and Lar Leslie Production: Sven Alberding/ all bureaux.co.za
Photographs: Greg Cox and Lar Leslie Production: Sven Alberding/ all bureaux.co.za

The interior features a careful selection of Modernist furniture along  with contemporary artworks including Olaf Hajek –  again highlighting this careful balance of old and new, East and West. See the full story in the Spring issue on shelf now.

Original Text: Laura Twiggs Photographs: Greg Cox and Lar Leslie Production: Sven Alberding/ all bureaux.co.za 


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