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6 Great Green Designs that Put South Africa on the Map

by , 05/14/14

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4. House in the Tree Tops

This modern home in Cape Town sits among the tree tops. Designed by Van Der Merwe Miszewski Architects, the eco-luxe home is wrapped in glass under a canopy of towering pine trees, creating the sensation of a rather luxurious tree house. With views of Table Mountain, this sophisticated design definitely showcases South Africa’s diverse, and often nature-centric, design talent.

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5. New Jerusalem Orphanage

This beautiful orphanage was started by two sisters who were concerned with the growing number of South African children who have no home. Designed by 4D and A Architects, the sanctuary for 80 orphans was built out of affordable shipping containers and features a host of brightly colored rooms filled with light and inspiring mosaic detailing.

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6. House Abo

Last, but certainly not least, House Abo is another contemporary design that reveals an intimate knowledge of the most up to date passive solar design techniques. Designed by Nico van der Meulen Architects, the energy efficient house wrapped in glass features a series of pools and water features that create not only a wonderful place of leisure, but also a comfortable microclimate to counter the country’s steamy summers. There are many other South African designers who are worth mentioning in this post, but suffice to say, they’ve got game, and they are eco-sensitive to boot!

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