Chen

Sandhurst, Johannesburg, 1,500sqm. This is a three-storey 10 bedroom mansion. The splayed L-shape was a result of the angles of the site and adjoining roads, however, it is also the shape of the Chinese number 8 which is considered auspicious (the client is Chinese). The styling is a restrained version of British Regency Architecture. To make the spaces feel authentic, the exterior walls were designed extra-thick (500mm) and the windows and doors all have intricate timber architraves. The principles of Feng Shui have been rigorously applied, for example, on the wall opposite the front entrance, the window overlooking the garden was omitted.