The Russo family Ecomo home in the Klein Karoo Photographs Greg Cox Styling Jeanne Botes

Pietro Russo is founder and owner of Ecomo – a sustainable architectural firm that creates customised modular homes based on modern, simple living with green design principles. DECO were delighted to go home with the Russo’s in our latest Green Issue.

Photographs Greg Cox Styling Jeanne Botes
Photographs Greg Cox Styling Jeanne Botes

It was important that the house not only had nature as its source of inspiration, but that we envisaged the architecture to be part of the landscape and to function within it.

Photographs Greg Cox Styling Jeanne Botes
Photographs Greg Cox Styling Jeanne Botes

On location in the Klein Karoo at the Russo’s family home, we witnessed that Pietro very much practices what he preaches in a little piece of paradise located in the heart of the Klein Karoo. Get our green issue on shelf now to fully appreciate this home built to architecturally be a part of  wide sweeping Karoo vistas, and function within it.

Photographs Greg Cox Styling Jeanne Botes
Photographs Greg Cox Styling Jeanne Botes

 But being off-grid is also a mindset; being far more aware of electricity usage, washing dishes by hand and switching off appliances we don’t use.

Photographs Greg Cox Styling Jeanne Botes
Photographs Greg Cox Styling Jeanne Botes

For some inspiration for adapting your own home, or building an ECOMO home from the ground up, here’s a few facts about the Russo family home:

The two bedroom Ecomo family home was designed and built from scratch

Ecomo housing is prefabricated, fully-customisable  modular structures comprised of ‘pods’ that link together

Fully off the grid

Water is sourced from a mountain spring

Black waste water goes into a septic tank

Grey water goes into the garden

Rainwater is harvested and feeds planter boxes

Solar geyser for hot water

PV panels for electricity

The family grow their own vegetables and locally source eggs organic meat and milk

Original text Lucie Bartlett Photographs Greg Cox Styling Jeanne Botes


WANT TO KNOW HOW WE GOT THERE?

Citroën C4 Cactus takes on the Klein Karoo roads no problem
Citroën C4 Cactus takes on the Klein Karoo roads no problem

The DECO team were treated to luxury transportation, to make sure they got the their location in eco-style. To find out more about the The Citroën C4 Cactus and what we had to say about it click here

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 AS SEEN IN THE CURRENT ISSUE:
ELLE Decoration Green Issue coverThe Green Issue edition of ELLE Decoration South Africa will be on the shelf of your nearest magazine retailer from 28 September. Packed with sustainably stylish interiors, it’s full of all your favourite features and decor tips plus the green spaces of Patrizia Moroso and Pietro Russo. Order your copy today – across South Africa wherever magazines are sold – and tell us what you think on Twitter @ELLE_Deco, sharing your #GreenIssue #DECOselfie.