House Sar by Nico van der Meulen

House Sar
Houses in South Africa combine the architecture of various periods and styles. African names of the cities remind English names and this is not surprising because part of Africa was once a colony of England. Today we would like to tell you about a luxurious mansion in Johannesburg.

Johannesburg, South Africa’s industrial center is famous for its wonderful suburbs with amazing colonial mansions and modern buildings. Houses in Johannesburg are quite different. A unique House Sar (Villa Sar) has been built by a known architect Werner van der Meulen in a suburb of Atholl. High tech style has not been often found in the architecture of South Africa’s villas and mansions and this house has immediately drawn the attention of the world design studios and ordinary people. «Originality and luxury» was the motto of the architectural solution of House Sar.


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House Sar

The basis of the building consists of a two-story frame made of steel beams and vertical columns with exterior walls made of tinted glass. The existence of zoning areas in combination with outdoor terraces and verandas has been assumed as a basis of the interior layout.

This solution has given the oasis-style view to the mansion where life of inhabitants is calm and steady. Large green areas around the mansion are necessarily connected with local terraces of each residential zone.

House Sar photos



The main entrance to the residence is performed in cubist style using glass and steel. The transparency of the walls and the presence of green area at the entrance visually enhanced the feeling of being in a green oasis. Placement of longitudinal louvers around the perimeter of the mansion was an interesting solution that softens the stiffness and cubist forms and vaguely resembles coloring of zebra, the inhabitant of the local fauna.

House Sar




The layout of the entrance hallway has no any significant peculiarities. It is simple and open. This is done that a special attention of everyone should be directed at a big living / dining room furnished in a high tech style with a complex ceiling of broken shape with decorative inserts on the side walls of this room. For the decoration of the guest areas local marble and granite rocks and unique woods of South Africa have been used. Interior colors were solved in gray-beige a color that gives the room a spirit of calm and peace. Large windows in the upper part of the walls and in the ceiling have been used for daylight of the living space. In the evening the House Sar (Villa Sar) is illuminated by stylish lighting fixtures of the ceiling zone.


House Sar photos







House Sar photos

The dining room and kitchen area turn into a stylish veranda grounds located in the gardening area. With the help of sliding glass partitions it is possible to separate this part of the House Sar (Villa Sar) from the guest area. From veranda grounds the guests can see the outdoor pool, part of a garden area and a small waterfall. Artificial pond also adds the element of wildlife to general architectural style.

House Sar


House Sar

House Sar

The dominating structure in the guest area is a staircase leading to the second floor of the mansion. It is made of glass, concrete and valuable timber species. A staircase leads to the second floor, where the master‘s bedroom, guest rooms, children’s room, several bathrooms, a sauna are located.




House Sar

Living rooms of luxurious House Sar (Villa Sar) have been furnished with products of South African factories and Namibia. For example, furniture set for children’s room was made in «Formula – 1 style»: bed as a model of race car, color scheme of the room is of red, white and black palette characteristic for the «Formula – 1» car tracks.





The most modern facilities as solar panels, LED lighting, energy saving technology, heat pumps and a smart home system have been used to supply the building with electricity and heat.
House Sar Plan

House Sar Plan
House Sar Plan
House Sar Plan
House Sar Plan
House Sar Plan

House Sar (Villa Sar) has become an interesting sample of luxurious real estate in Johannesburg and houses in south africa as a whole.

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