High-end engineering and modern design combined with vernacular architecture make for an eco-friendly home in Johannesburg. Art gallery owner, architect aficionado and developer Gavin Rooke took over the property-Monaghan Farm-and teamed up with architect Karlien Thomashoff to design a new low-cost house inspired by traditional architecture that is remarkably energy-efficient.
Rooke built the house on Monaghan Farm just north of Lanseria Airport, Johannesburg. Nestled amid green and amber veld grasses, Stand 47 has excellent thermal and acoustic performance and a low carbon footprint. The team used a light steel frame and External Thermal Insulation Composite Systems (ETICS) for the walls, with the only exception being a stone feature wall.
Thanks to its flexible design, the house is suitable for a young couple working from home, a small family or an older couple with kids that visit. The flexible design approach also takes into consideration future renovations, which would be easy to undertake because of the integrity of the structural system.
“I wanted to show that you could build a home at the top end of the scale that was highly comfortable and appealing, but that performs better,” said Rooke. “This isn’t about getting off the grid for the sake of getting off the grid, this is about building a state-of-the-art house using contemporary materials and design… This is a machine for living.”