Three times is a charm for this concrete home in Johannesburg. The freestanding staircase was built three times before architect Gregory Katz deemed it structurally sound. The high-tech end result was achieved using small custom-made plastic reinforcing fibers. The galley-style kitchen with its bold use of color was his wife’s choice. Caryn fell in love with the name of a paint swatch called Canary Yellow and then left it to Gregory to fine-tune the exact hue. Photo by Elsa Young.
A floating wall on a Johannesburg cottage draws inspiration from local mining moguls and Mies van der Rohe. Here, architect Georg van Gass adds a delicately poised cantilevered exterior wall that appears to slice the deck in half. Photo by Elsa Young.
It took 11 years of traversing through three different countries for Eric Bigot to develop his Zenkaya prefab housing concept. Designed to bring peace of mind to impoverished South Africans, the ready-made structures aim to provide affordable housing and stimulate the economy by creating construction jobs, something the French-born architect has ample experience doing.
Dokter and Misses, a husband and wife design team based in Johannesburg, was included in Dwell's New Guard round-up for 2012. This year, they opened a new home goods shop at 44 Stanley where visitors can buy their colorful, accessible pieces that merge industrial and graphic design. Courtesy of Shadders.