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July 30, 2013
The world's second-largest continent boasts a variety of architectural styles, but these four homes indicate the growth of modern design in Africa.
Clad striped exterior

 

Form truly followed function in the construction of the Rooke family's vacation home in Deneysville, South Africa. Gavin Rooke, the owner of a Johannesburg art gallery, built the home himself, putting the emphasis on a solid structure that would last. Years later, he and his family redid their cabin's interior, and added the eye-catching insulating panels pictured here. 

Originally appeared in Colored In
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Interior dinning room and living room

 

In Accra, the capital of Ghana, Joe Osae-Addo designed a contemporary home in a city defined by colonial-era concrete blockhouses. He used natural materials like timber and adobe mud blocks to pay homage to the traditional components of rural Ghanian homes while rebelling against the predominance of concrete he saw around him. Photo by Dook.

Originally appeared in Lighting the Way
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Gregory and Caryn Katz are dwarfed beneath the cantilevered concrete overhang, which houses the bedroom on the upper level. The stackable glass doors that run beneath allow the house to open completely to the yard and swimming pool, soften the severity of

 

South African architect Gregory Katz's experience using industrial materials in domestic settings came in handy when he designed a set of three concrete homes in Norwood, South Africa. Photo by Elsa Young.

 
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Georg van gass finishing touch

 

A prefabricated home in Johannesburg takes visual interest to a whole new level, with a base that seems to float when viewed from the right angle and a stone wall that provides privacy and defies gravity. Photo by Elsa Young.

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Originally appeared in A Mies van der Rohe-Inspired Cottage in Johannesburg
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Clad striped exterior

 

Form truly followed function in the construction of the Rooke family's vacation home in Deneysville, South Africa. Gavin Rooke, the owner of a Johannesburg art gallery, built the home himself, putting the emphasis on a solid structure that would last. Years later, he and his family redid their cabin's interior, and added the eye-catching insulating panels pictured here. 

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