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.
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.
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.
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.