One example can be found in the junctions where the steel and wood meet. Most of the steel elements are vertical, while the horizontal elements, such as the floors and beams, are wood. The bed and other cabinetry were all custom
made in solid oak, using traditional jointing details. The focus on natural materials is carried through in the furniture. “I’m a fan of warm materials and
textures — wood, stone, and leather,” Paarman says.
The architects stuck predominantly to natural dyed linens, wool, and leather in ochre, deep blue, taupe, and brown for the soft furnishings “We tried to keep
the colours subdued and almost neutral, so that you’re really more aware of what is going on outside the house,” Malan says. The way in which the details and the overall concept of the architecture work in harmony are at the heart of this little cabin’s unexpected power.
“It makes a strong, singular statement,” Paarman says. But more important is his experience of living in it. “It’s the encapsulation of cocoon living,” he says. “It has become a sanctuary. I think we all have a connection to nature, and this house captures that in a very special way.”