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WRAPPED AND REVEALED

The contemporary zinc cladding and interior makeover of this Johannesburg home reframes its architectural heritage for the 21st century

When Christo Vermeulen and Nico Venter found their home in the Johannesburg suburb of Parkhurst, it was in a dilapidated state: ceilings destroyed by a leaky boiler and with not much of historical value to preserve. Parkhurst houses were originally built en masse for servicemen returning from the Second World War. Th ey were small brick houses with corrugated-iron roofs and street-facing verandas. While they were humble, they have become much sought-aft er, and give the area its distinctive character. Parkhurst’s walkable main road with its pavement cafés, restaurants and street-facing shopfronts, a rarity in Johannesburg with its mall culture, is probably attributable to the way these old houses, with their verandas, are connected with the street.

PRODUCTION > SVEN ALBERDING / BUREAUX.CO.ZA PHOTOGRAPHS > GREG COX / BUREAUX.CO.ZA
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