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TRENDS AMAZING SPACE

While the tendency for so many of the country’s older institutions is to look to the past in creating a cohesive aesthetic, Pretoria’s renowned Afrikaanse Hoer Meisieskool has taken a path less travelled. In the late 1950s the then principal Elizabeth С Steijnsaal chose to embrace the modern architecture of the time and commissioned the construction of a modernist-inspired school hall, the Elizabeth С Steijnsaal, to stand against the backdrop of the school’s historic red-brick buildings. It was a bold move on her part but one that set the tone for the future.

Affies Meisies — as the school is

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THE HOUSE THAT PIETERS PARENTS BUILT

This modern barn on Jacobsdal wine farm in Stellenborsch is home to Koba and Cornelis Dumas and their two young sons

At the southwestern edge of the Stellenbosch wine region, on the vine shrouded slopes overlooking a gleaming False Bay, is a silver grey barn. A barn filled with beautiful furniture and books and photographs and laughter. A barn that’s actually a house. And in the house lives a little boy called Pieter, and his father and mother and baby brother, Stefan, and their two dogs, Suki and Simba. Happily ever after.

Two years ago Pieter’s parents, Cornells and Koba.

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