Gallery: House Abo Beats the Heat in South Africa With Natural Cooling ...

Located in South Africa, House Abo is a stunning residence that balances energy-efficient green building strategies with gorgeous design. Nico van der Meulen Architects designed the house with a natural cooling system that counteracts the region's extreme heat through a series of pools and water features.

To connect the lower and upper levels of House Abo, Nico van der Meulen Architects installed a staircase that changes the dynamics of the site itself. It is surrounded by areas of steel and glass, while the outside pool is encased within a timber wall. The home’s lighting highlights the staircase while making light bounce off the reflective black swimming pool.

The studio expanded the original space and doubled its size while introducing large glass windows that allow sunlight to seep in during the darker winter days. For more information, visit the architects’ official website.

+ Nico van der Meulen Architects

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Images courtesy of Nico van der Meulen Architects


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1 Comment

  1. rosemary January 31, 2013 at 7:09 am

    This looks so great! Congrats – looking forward to hanging out on it one of these days…

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