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Breezy Renovation Transforms 1950s Residence Into A Dynamic Modern Hub

Sustainable design and architecture are not always about high-end technology and sleek, energy-saving gadgets. Located in the heart of Namibia’s capital city Windhoek, this interesting and innovative residence celebrates green design practices with the adaptive reuse of materials. Originally built in the 1950s, subsequent additions to the home and poorly thought-out changes made the 10 Ossmann Street Residence a cramped and congested space. Its latest owners called in Wasserfall Munting Architects to renovate and revitalize the home, giving it a glittering new lease of life!

Beautiful Private Residence located in Windhoek, Namibia

Working with the existing structure and repurposing many of the materials discarded during the renovation, the home takes a smart turn toward green design. The brick, exposed concrete and rusted steel exterior of the house not only gives it a sense of uniqueness, but also lets it blend effortlessly with the lovely landscape all around it. The homeowners wanted a low-maintenance residence that aged gracefully and had minimal impact on the natural canopy outside. All the stone used for the renovated home came from the existing site, while the precast concrete fence panels of the old house were used as stepping stones in the lawn.

Brick, mica stone and rusted steel shape the exterior of the house

Landscape outside the house reflects the rich natural heritage of the region

Gorgeous African home with a dynamic exterior and lovely views

Plywood linings and smart lighting add warmth to the interior

Classic African design elements combined with a sleek, modern look

LEM Piston bar stools and a ravishing red kitchen peninsula enliven the space

Concrete blocks were repurposed and used to shape the entrance

With steel mesh panels obtained from old security and fencing, solar water heating, and passive design principles, the innovative residence does the best it can to minimize its carbon footprint. On the inside, a double-volume living area with a butterfly roof is the heart of the house and leads into an expansive terraced patio with an alfresco dining space and lovely views.

Sliding glass doors ensure that the line between the interior and the world outside is blurred, while the master bedroom and twin guest bedrooms are tucked away from any prying eyes. Elegant, eco-friendly and inherently smart, this remarkable renovated home encourages you to reconnect with nature as you take on life at a relaxed pace!

Fresco dining space with the classic Wishbone chairs and a wooden bench

Living area opens up towards the concrete deck space thanks to the sliding glass doors

Stackable sliding glass doors connect the fabulous interior with the outdoor

Warm lighting gives the home a unique identity of its own

Outdoor fireplace and dining area add to the charm of the trendy African home

Floor plan of the reovated home with sustainable design and reused materials

Sherry Nothingam
Sherry is a blogger who loves to live her life to the fullest. She enjoys everything associated with design, décor and stylish modern trends. Born in California, Sherry has grown up on open ranches and in a wild setting, which has defined her taste for design and developed her interest in examining how structures and homes interact with the beauti[...]

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