There is grandeur in stateliness, intimacy in small spaces
and charm in minimalism, but rare is the house that manages
to emanate all three qualities simultaneously, with an ease
so natural that it borders on the nonchalant.
The Johannesburg home of Xavier and Carine Huyberechts
is relatively modest by Houghton standards, yet it somehow
possesses a quiet majesty. Perhaps itís the open-plan,
double-volume living room that blends into the rolling garden,
blurring the boundaries between indoors and outdoors.
Perhaps itís the soothing uniformity of the all-white colour scheme,
anchored by warm woods and brightened by the art-filled walls.
Or possibly because it reflects the rigour of the architectís
minimalist aesthetic as well as the rich and seamless tapestry of
cultures that define, without pigeonholing, the houseís residents.
The couple are expatriates, who have made South Africa their
home: Xavier, an architect with GLH & Associates Architects,
is Belgian, while his wife, Carine, hails from Burundi.