House V by Daffonchio Architects concrete exterior and planted roof

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South African couple Lukas and Wendy van Niekerk turned to local firm Daffonchio Architects to build their home within the 1,300-acre Monaghan Farm eco-estate near Johannesburg. The house is intentionally sunk into the ground and features planted grass roofs that reflect the vegetation that existed before the building’s construction. "We literally recreated the original landscape on the roof gardens, so that from a bird’s eye view, the home should blend perfectly into its surroundings," says architect Enrico Daffonchio.