This captivating holiday home called “House in Camps Bay” was designed by Luis Mira Architects for a single person who often invites guest to stay in Cape Town, South Africa. The requirements of the 3,605 square foot (335 square meters) design was to be a space that could be used as a controlled studio with the feeling of being open, as well as to be able to morph into private and individual spaces when the house is full of visitors. The property features views of Camps Bay, the Atlantic Ocean, Lion’s Head and Table Mountain in the backdrop. The design intent was to frame views towards the sea (rooms) and open up spaces (terraces) to look up at the mountains.
From the architects, “the concept rests on creating a subtle journey through the open spaces and through the interior that constantly glimpses at the landscape and merges within the Architecture that never reveal the entire building in one instant. In order to allow all rooms in the front of the house proximity to the sea, and to bring fresh air, light and circulation into the back of the house, two glass walled courtyards were introduced on the ground floor. One courtyard, built around the passage, connects the bedrooms and the other one is built inside the main bedroom as part of the en suite area. These two courtyards are reflective of sea views.
The use of neutral and natural materials is the response to the desire of bringing the outdoors inside, achieved by contrasting the exuberant landscape with the blank canvas of the interior. The ultimate concept of luxury is the constant extending and opening of the inside spaces to meet in full the unique and exquisite South African climate.” Via
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Photos: Wieland Gleich, Luis Mira Architects