The Conversation Pit Makes a Comeback at This Family’s South Africa Home

Its outdoor gathering space squares with other modernist touches, like a flat roof, exciting brickwork, and large-format windows framed in steel.
Photos by
Warren Heath

Deciding where to build a house tends to be a one-two punch. Prospective owners not only have to love the land they buy, but they also need the foresight—or that of an architect—to imagine their future home on it. But looking at properties can become tiring fast, and when decision fatigue sets in, everything starts to blend together.

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