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Fashion designers Malcolm Kluk and Christiaan Gabriel Du Toit design their dream house on Top Billing
Malcolm Kluk and Christiaan Gabriel Du Toit’s much anticipated fashion ranges are released up to four times a year. They move house less often but when they do, it’s an event not to be missed, and their newest home maintains that proud tradition.
On the edge of Signal Hill, Malcolm and Christiaan set out to build an iconic statement. They’ve successfully integrated two pools and several courtyard gardens areas into a secure lock-up-and-go. One where the modernist architecture required a simpler, uncluttered approach to interiors.
The development bug hist after they designed their own studio in Bree street, and with this project, as with their last, they have used the principals of their fashion brand in the building as well, with the colours and textures they are known for present in their home.
In fashion, the guys first do a mock-up of a new design in calico. With their home there’d be no such luxury, they had to trust architects Christiaan Van Aswegen and Annemie Van den Heever.
Fold-away glass doors and consistent terrazzo flooring lend a wide-open sense of space – with each area defined by an art and furniture installation. They included large planters placed on the balconies to soften the edges of the building with greenery, and to create a feeling that the mountain was coming down into the house.
The waffle design of the ceiling slabs uses far less concrete, and UV filters on windows cut energy loss in the cooler months.
Christian and Malcolm’s pared down interiors are a result of moving out of their old house, realising that they had too many ‘things’ and that they had to allow room to breathe.
By resisting excess décor the interior architecture or finishes aren’t competing for attention with clutter.
With their statement home, Malcolm and Christiaan have gifted themselves the kind of in-house fashion shoot location that stylists dream of. While making the most of the view, their home has added a daring landmark to it.