UFO House For Sale

Private Property South Africa
Julia Hinton

Ahead of its time, this unusual home with its unique and futuristic

architectural design is situated in Kloofendal, Roodepoort; and you could be

forgiven for thinking that you had just spotted an alien spaceship perched atop

the Witwatersrand mountain range.

So, if you have R14 million and fancy owning a home that is one of a kind, this

residence has much to offer, starting with the spectacular 320 degree views in

all four wind directions over the mountain range and Johannesburg.

Built fifteen years ago as a private residence by owner, Dr Harry Visser, the

emphasis was on preserving the natural fauna, flora and the greenbelt

environment. Visser, an engineer, says that he always had a feeling for creative

structures and wanted to challenge the impossible. His vision was transformed

into a unique piece of skilled engineering and architectural work, which can

only be appreciated with an open and admiring mind.

The 'UFO' house is characterised by long elliptic lines formed by an

uninterrupted window line that slants outwards at an angle of 60 degrees. The

distinct aerodynamic shape with its centre dome provides a stark contrast to the

immediate environment.

The main dish took six months to construct, after which 50 tons of reinforcing steel

was placed and covered with 400m³ of concrete. Of the 76 windows, 40 are fitted

with ventilators at the top to ensure that there is sufficient air flow. There

are no windows that open because of the 60 degree angle as well as for security

reasons. The whole project took one year to complete.

When approaching the house, the enormity of this 650m2 structure overshadows

you. The house is based on eight columns with a ring-beam on top to keep it in

place. The upper floor is supported from the ring-beam with sixteen beams across

the 550m2 floor. The diameter of the floor slab

is 28 metres.

As you approach the main four metre entrance that leads through a large mirror

door, a waterfall welcomes you, creating an atmosphere of peace and tranquility.

One of the most striking features is the 100m2 atrium with an indoor tropical

garden. Natural sunlight enters through a 100m2 skylight dome, which is the

largest dome erected over an indoor garden in a private residence.

There are three double bedrooms en suite. The study also has a bathroom and

could easily be converted into a guest room or fourth bedroom. The bedrooms have

large glass sliding doors and glass panels overlooking the atrium. The main

bedroom faces east, allowing you to wake up to beautiful sunrises.

The dining room faces west providing a magnificent vantage point from which to

watch the sun go down. The billiard room and the Jacuzzi area has a bar

overlooking the north facing greenbelt area. The kitchen is modern with a pantry

and a scullery. At night you can view the moon and the stars through the

skylight, while at the same time watching TV in the family room.

There are three garages, as well as staff quarters with a bathroom and kitchen.

The garages have a workshop area, toilet and hand basin, plus there is an

additional outside toilet. There is secure parking for eighteen cars, with eight

covered parking spaces.

In 2002, the 'UFO' house featured in an American TV program, The Most Extreme

Homes of the World, and was selected as the most extreme home of Africa.

This luxurious residence would be ideal for the executive family or

businessperson looking for something quite out of the ordinary.

Private Property website ref: D5995

Contact: Louise Loesch on 011 675-5530

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