A decade ago, Dieter Brandt, was inspired to turn a deserted commercial building in central Johannesburg into what would become his home.  

Photos: Alexander Van Berge / Frank Features

Now the neighbourhood that he calls home is one of the most bustling places in the city. Art galleries, restaurants, bars and coffee shops, and the highly successful Neighbourgoods Market are right on his doorstep.

‘The market fills the street every Saturday morning … It’s a vibrant, exciting place to be.’

The apartment has breathtaking views of the vibrant city with the iconic Nelson Mandela Bridge towering above. Upon walking through the door, the only door that the apartment, you are invited into an open space with lofty ceilings and fluid proportions, and a main en suite bathroom.

‘I didn’t want to break up the space and so the curtain works well for when we want a little privacy, or to dampen any sound coming in from the city. And in winter it compartmentalizes the space and keeps the bedroom warm.’

The living and dining areas open out into a courtyard created through accessing water service yard, which can be accessed only from his property. Facing north, the sun-filled courtyard is  a relaxing space that Brandt retreats to when he wants to look over the skyline for inspiration and escape from the frenzy below.

Photos: Alexander Van Berge / Frank Features
Photos: Alexander Van Berge / Frank Features

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