We had the pleasure of welcoming Arno Britz (@) -architect-by-day and self-confessed coffeeholic, vinoholic, foodaholic every other moment – to Stand 47 this past weekend. Arno is the principal at Arno Britz Architecture, an Architectural Design Practice with key experience in Residential Design & Residential Developments based in Johannesburg.
Stand 47 : What was your first impression of the house and did anything specific catch your attention?
Arno : It is quite impressive, especially the open design and flow between spaces, the transparency to the outside and the elevated ceilings which add to add to the feeling of space.
Stand 47 : How does the real thing compare with your expectations?
Arno : Wow… significantly above expectation. It is also much warmer than I expected without having any heating on when we arrived. I was also surprised by the definite difference in acoustics and the warmness of the timber floors.
Stand 47 : Tell us about a night at Stand 47. Give us details!
Arno : Even though it was quite cold outside at 10PM, the temperature inside the house was just right at a cosy 19 degrees (a whole 10 degrees warmer than outside). The ambient temperature does make a difference compared to a standard house in winter. Here you don’t have cold feet or a cold nose!
Stand 47 : What is your opinion of the home next morning?
Arno : On the whole, I was very comfortable in the home. I felt productive and had a surge of creative energy. I slept better than I had expected to, perhaps because it’s so much more quiet here than in a more conventional brick home.
Stand 47 : Could you describe your favourite aspect of the home?
Arno : There are a few aspects I really enjoyed. It feels like an insulated cocoon with warm timber floors. There is a reason why retro worked in the ’70s and why it works here.
Stand 47 : And finally, we have to know, would you live in a home like this?
Arno : Definitely. Not only has my perception of homes built without bricks changed, but my creativity and energy levels here are of Olympic standards, compared to my usual cold indoor experiences in winter! One tends to hibernate in winter, but here you feel comfortable to do any task without discomfort.