From Nico VanDer Meulen Architects website: "In Johannesburg, South Africa, Nico Van Der Meulen Architects designed this spectacular 26,000 square foot home. They are the versifiers of enchantment, the makers of splendor in house designs, creators of fairy tale like habitats, spreading their pixie dust of mastermind over this mesmerizing Glasshouse planned to infuse charisma into the hearts of its viewers.
It is an open, light filled house where views of the backyard are seen from all rooms. The architects devised a massive complex of living spaces, arranged in a semi-circular pattern to envelope the garden. Immense concrete framework is arranged in a radial pattern, emanating from the center of the home. The framework complements outdoor living spaces, including the decks, patios, pools and fountains.
To meet the owner’s demand, this house was built with a modern, glamorous, open plan, light-filled with views from all rooms into the garden. The shape on the south side is a half circle, forming a horseshoe on the north side. Approaching the house from the gate, the driveway is elevated to allow glimpses through the
house to the garden and raised water feature on the other side of the house.
You can jump from the main bedroom into the pool, swim to the gym, swim back and use the steel spiral staircase to go back to the main bedroom, or tip a tipsy friend into the pool from his barstool!
A basement under the house has parking for about twelve cars, with a view into the pool, and a top-lit art gallery which forms the passage between the garages and the lift.
The kitchen leads off the family room and dining room, with a pair of automatic, frameless sandblasted doors leading from the dining room to the kitchen. A breakfast area and playroom are adjacent to the kitchen, allowing the younger children to be supervised from the kitchen and family room, and allowing direct access to the bar and barbeque area from the kitchen."
Source: http://www.nicovdmeulen.com/2011/10/05/nku-bryanston/ & http://www.nicovdmeulen.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/GlassHouseTouchMagazineBeirut.pdf