A beautiful new home in Tofu, Mozambique wows
With a nod to the Modernists and an eye toward the contemporary, a couple design, and build, an elegant oasis in tropical Mozambique
Casper van der Merwe and Hein Visser have been living in the popular tourist town of Tofo, in Inhambane Province of southeastern Mozambique for eight years where they ran a guest house and restaurant.
But the pair grew tired of the always-a-party lifestyle of Tofu and wanted a little respite, a quiet oasis from the hustle and bustle. So they scourged the surroundings for a property and found it perched on a dune just outside Tofu, fringed by a lush mangrove forest, which puts just enough space between them and the cosmopolitan town and popular beach.
“It is a massive dream that became reality,” says Casper. “We spent a long time dreaming and envisioning what we wanted the house to look like but also how the spaces needed to live. We made it very vivid for ourselves.”
They imagined an elegant, clean-lined house where everything could open up. “With a superb climate such as this, you want to make the most of the outdoors, explains Hein. “We imagined features such as being able to fall out of bed and into the pool or taking a bath outside.”