Serenity Now: A Guesthouse That Channels the Spirit of Gandhi by

Issue 80 · The Summer Bedroom · July 8, 2013

Serenity Now: A Guesthouse That Channels the Spirit of Gandhi

Issue 80 · The Summer Bedroom · July 8, 2013

A hundred years ago, Mohandas "Mahatma" Gandhi lived for a year in a house called The Kraal, built by German architect Hermann Kallenbach. French company Voyageurs du Monde overhauled the property a couple of years ago, creating a guesthouse/museum called Satyagraha House. Johannesburg architect Rocco Bosman oversaw the renovations and the construction of the new guesthouses, while Christine Puech and Amit Zadok of Voyageurs du Monde designed the interiors. With yoga masters on call, a vegetarian menu, and no WiFi or alcohol, an ascetic Ghandi-like experience is guaranteed. For more information, go to The Satyagraha House

Photographs via The Satyagraha House unless otherwise noted.

Satyagraha House in Johannesburg, South Africa

Above: After extensive restoration, the original 1907 thatched roof rondavel (hut) has been turned into a museum dedicated to Gandhi and his philosophy.

Satyagraha House

Above: A breezeway with black rattan chairs and charpoy.

Satyagraha House

Above: The original house opens onto a dining pavilion. Photo by Elsa Young via House and Leisure.

Satyagraha House

Above: Framed correspondence from Gandhi and photos are on display throughout the interiors.

Satyagraha House

Above: The designers commissioned white khadi cotton lamps from Mark Schooley (see Alexa's DIY: Koushi Lamp). Photo by Elsa Young via House and Leisure.

Satyagraha House

Above: A simple reading area. Photo by Elsa Young via House and Leisure.

Satyagraha House

Above: Curtains made of cotton dhotis in a bedroom.

Satyagraha House

Above: The bathrooms adhere to a black and white color palette. Photo via Styles de Bain.

Satyagraha House

Above: Photo via Styles de Bain.

Satyagraha House

Above: Ceiling fans keep the bedrooms cool.

Satyagraha House in Johannesburg, South Africa

Above: The bedrooms adhere to a strict black and white palette. Photo by Elsa Young via House and Leisure.

Satyagraha House

Above: Photo via Styles de Bain.

Satyagraha House

Above: Photo via Styles de Bain.

Satyagraha House in Johannesburg, South Africa

Above: An ebonized charpoy in a guest room. Photo by Elsa Young via House and Leisure.

Satyagraha House

Above: A yoga studio opens to the outdoors.

Satyagraha House

Above: A modern addition houses guestrooms. Photo by Elsa Young via House and Leisure.

 

 

 



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