A Home that Makes a Splash: Joc Blue Hills by Nico van der Meulen

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As designbook.com says, “One look at this symphony of architecture — with immaculate symmetry and a seamless flow of clean straight lines, punctuated only by the panache which the structure itself so brilliantly displays — leaves one in awe…” But it’s a simple formula, really: take one stunning panorama, some excellent modern art, superb finishes, and an innovative modern design that makes the most of soaring spaces, and you have this Joc Blue Hills home by Nico van der Meulen Architects. Its open-plan layout ingeniously blends indoor and outdoor living, something eminently doable in the South African climate. From the glass-lined entrance, two identical staircases lead to upper levels of the home and enable a clever divide between the master suite and the remainder of the home. And what a master suite it is!

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With sleeping quarters and spacious bath separated by only a marble wall and fireplace, this gorgeous room opens toward a balcony with a prime view. The home’s palette is pale, a combination of neutrals simultaneously minimalist and warm. Wherever you look, your vision is of space and ambient light, coming through expansive windows and reflecting off an indoor splash pool, for illumination without harshness or glare. And even indoors, there’s a “view” to be had: underwater observation windows enable playful peeking into that indoor pool for yet more fun! Among the many other amenities are a cinema room, a fully equipped bar, and an outdoor pool and terrace that melds with the sumptuous interior. The end result? One unbroken, beautiful whole…thanks to the artistry of van der Meulen.

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Written by Janet Butler

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Janet W. Butler is a freelance writer, editor, and editorial consultant by day and a “small soprano” by night. An RWA Golden Heart Winner, she is the author of the inspirational romance From the Ashes (“the best little book no one’s ever heard of”), published by SANDS Publishing in 2001; and a romantic suspense, Voice of Innocence, from Desert Breeze Publishing. She is a Chicago native transplanted to northeast Indiana, where she lives with her husband, daughter, and Cassandra “Trouble” Butler, S.R.C. (Spoiled Rotten Cat).