Perched on a green slope above a sparkling seashore, this 4,533-square-foot family home has been built to offer protection from the extreme sun, salt, rain, and high winds of the South African climate, while still enabling the property to connect and draw in the stunning beauty of its natural environment.
Designed by Cape Town practice SAOTA—with interiors by ARRCC—the modern house was conceived with a C-shaped plan, and features spacious sheltered courtyards, along with wings that frame views of the landscape.
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"Nature pervades the house—the seamless flow of internal floors and ceilings out into external living spaces is mirrored by the fynbos planting, which stalks the edges of the internal envelope, enfolds the terraces and decks, and seeps into the garden courtyard," says Philip Olmesdahl, one of SAOTA’s directors.
"This deliberate blurring of boundaries with and between nature and architecture is a signature of our work; the result is a serene retreat in a spectacular setting that can be enjoyed throughout the year," he adds.