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The curvilicous Wright House in Durban

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  • Following up our series of posts on curvy homes, I came across this stunning home in Durban, South Africa. But this one’s a double whammy.

    Those of you who’ve seen our nest, will know I have a thing for curves. Curves.....ahhhh.. But I also have a thing for straw. At our house, the walls are made from strawbales, so we were able to create long ambling organic curves with the bales and a chainsaw (see my blog post on our home from last year).

    What’s fabulous about the Wright house in Durban, is the way they’ve combined the straw and curves. Not strawbales, as we’ve used at our home, but straw thatch.

    South Africans are renowned for their thatched roof homes, its a traditional building technique used for centuries. This take on traditional technique with a very modernist building style is highly unusual...and yet it works. The texture of the straw is divine, and works well with the smooth flowing curved structure.


    Architect Elmo Swart has designed a fluid and contemporary space. Two studies, an entertainment area, and an art gallery form an annex to an existing dwelling. Extensive glazing, and outdoor bathroom features add to the design, making the most of expansive views across the countryside.

    We love.


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    References: www.designboom.com
    www.inhabitat.com