The client brief required the design of a modern and upmarket family home, located inside Gift Acres Estate in the Bronberg Nature Reserve, Pretoria East, South Africa, which would be suitable for indoor/outdoor living and entertainment. The client further requested a home that would maximize their stand’s breathtaking views to the North, overlooking the Eastern part of Pretoria, using the existing steep slopes, whilst simultaneously securing their need for privacy.

Project Name: House Pautz
Studio Name: Pieter

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House Pautz is an upmarket and elegant residence designed by Blunt Architects, located in the Bronberg Nature Reserve in Pretoria East. The owners Derick and Sönke Pautz are a young and dynamic couple who are both actively involved in the Property Development Industry in South Africa. Derick and Sönke Pautz bought this 570 m² stand in 2013, excited and inspired to start the developing process of their own dream home.

This three-story house was designed on a restricted north-facing sloping site, which called for the client’s brief to enjoy north-facing living areas while securing their privacy when entertaining guests.

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The house is embedded into the hillside to create the residence basement parking and same-level entrance lobby. The elevated Living-room, Dining-room and Kitchen areas of the home, all invite the inhabitants and guests out to the entertainment and pool area on the upper terrace of the home, through large sliding glass doors. The master bedroom, dressing room and en-suite bathroom offer the couple the best view over the eastern suburbs of Pretoria.

A refined mix of materials used in this project, such as the seamless floors, and sliding glass planes with robust concrete walls and soffits, define the modest construction and are finely balanced by its steel structure counterpart.

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The couple’s love for art, fine collectables and designer interior pieces, finishes off this project exquisitely and delicately, turning it into a living masterpiece. For this reason, the Architect was motivated to isolate this project from its equals and enter it into the next level.


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