Minimalism is a term that is usually dismissed in today’s culture of excess due to ‘impracticality’. However, it does come with an array of benefits, and the Nano home utilizes these benefits in its modest yet beautiful 17m2 space. Taking inspiration from the bold aesthetics of Japan’s traditional Zen Buddhism, the areas within then become defined as “spaces, not rooms. You could use the task room to store clothes or keep your sports equipment. You could have an upstairs study if you don’t want to sleep on the mezzanine”. Its modularity is also accompanied by its recyclable materials, making it an ode and a worthy blueprint to the sustainable approach.
Photography ― Warren Heath
When one is surrounded by the vastness and beauty of nature, it is only fair that one attempts to let it within their home. This has been the immediate goal for Amanda and Pietro, creating a symbiotic relationship with their surrounding environment and their home, as every angle introduces a carefully framed picture of a stunning sight from outside. Melding influences from the mid-century modern aesthetics, exposed rustic materials, and a smattering of antiques, the house transports its occupants into a simpler time, but not without the many comforts of modernity. Creating a refuge where they can enjoy some peace and retrospection.
Photography ― Warren Heath
Like a low flying nimbus cloud floating atop the KolKol farm in the Overberg, this cabin’s curvaceous appearance gives it a gentle presence in the land. It is an inviting haven that doesn’t shy away from the terrain which surrounds it, but invites it in to heal its visitors—incorporating the natural shapes of the land into its exterior and interior. Its exposed natural materials cradle its guests, allowing them to reconnect with themselves outside the many stresses of city life. Providing them with the rare opportunity to peer into nature through a pod of comfort that sits harmoniously with its surroundings.
The 17m2 Pod-Idladla compact home isn’t about minimalism or no-frills economy – it’s about the sheer joy of small spaces.
This off-grid pod home treads lightly on the earth and is a welcome rural retreat for its owners Amanda and Pietro. With its clean, contemporary exterior lines and an eclectic interior mix of mid century modern influenced furniture and a smattering of antiques, it is a comfortable and thoroughly stylish refuge for them and their son Antonio.
On KolKol farm in the mountains outside Cape Town, Rudi and Karen Oosthuyse have built a contemporary cabin that combines smart design with meticulous attention to detail.