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For South Africa’s Hot Climate, the Cool and Elegant House Abo

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This beauty represents a thorough overhaul of a dingy existing structure in hot suburban Limpopo, South Africa.

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Known for their sophistication and bold design, South Africa’s Nico van der Meulen Architects completely transformed the frumpy former brick house.

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The outdated single story brick home, hot and cramped, is now the open and glorious, double height glass House Abo.

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Outside, wooden slats take the brunt of the brutal sun.

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New double height spaces are now pleasantly chilled by wonderful cool stone floors.

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For the climate, on the Tropic of Capricorn, cooling is the main consideration…

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As a result, refreshing water features occupy almost every second “room.”

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Walkways connect the rooms across the pools.

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Outdoor rooms take advantage of tropical breezes.

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A bridge over yet another cool body of water connects the public and private parts of the house, leading to the bedrooms.

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The master bedroom opens out onto its own generous private terrace.

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The bedroom and the bathroom is faced with cool travertine stone.

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One of these walls extends unbroken from the bathroom into the master bedroom.

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House Abo represents an elegant and grand solution to an extreme climate, with civilized living spaces that appear to float like islands on the wood decking.

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