Aerial shot of House of the Tall Chimneys by Frankie Pappas.

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The green roof was designed to give back the space that was taken up by the building’s footprint to the Bushveld and the animals. It is planted with site-endemic grasses, aloes, and creepers. "What pleases me one hell of a lot is that the building is completely hidden when you’re more than 20 meters away from the structure," says Frankie Pappas. "It’s invisible, and I’m super proud of that. The most important aspect of this building was to revere the site. I use the word revere because we didn’t just respect it—we treated this site as if it were God. I think we should do that more as architects." 

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