Nestled in the cliff-top estate “The Cove at Pezula Estate” outside Knysna, on the west coast of South Africa, this home was designed by SAOTA Architects. The residence was integrated into the topography and natural color of the fynbos, maintaining a seamless connection with landscape and ocean. The contemporary interiors of this incredible family home was designed by Antoni Associates, featuring sea views from large expanses of windows to the East and South.
The idea was to create a living space with a single roof element floating over it that responded to the slope of the site. The roof is set at a high level so that it is hidden from the living space, creating the illusion that one is surrounded by the landscape. A triangular cut-out in the roof connects one with the sky. A solar analysis was done to eliminate direct sun from the building. A skylight hangs into the space to mitigate the scale of the double volume. Care was taken in selecting performance-glass that would minimize the impact of direct sun.
The choice of materials, off-shutter concrete, Rheinzink roofing, timber cladding, stone and exposed aggregate, allows the building to fade into the landscape as the materials age. One enters at the upper level of the double volume, looking towards the ocean. A grand stair draws one onto the living level which holds the kitchen, dining room and living room.
A spiral stair connects the living level to a private lounge and the master bedroom on a mezzanine level. This spiral staircase drops through the floor to a lower level which houses a guest bedroom, home theatre and a living room. An L-shaped wing houses the two children’s bedrooms.
In-keeping with a sustainable design approach, a huge underground cistern was created under the garden terrace to harvest rainwater, while a heat pump and water-based under floor heating system conserve energy.
Photos: Micky Hoyle Courtesy of VISI
Clifton Beach House is an incredible beach front property designed by ANTONI Associates that combines elegance, luxury and sophistication along one of the most pristine white beaches in Cape Town, South Africa. The client project brief was to renovate a ground floor double level apartment in a newly constructed luxury complex. The design of the original unit felt constricted and the Client wanted to add a fourth master bedroom suite. It was decided to reduce the size of the double volume and to increase the footprint of the apartment. Added to the brief was a wine cellar, a new study and a gym with sauna. The apartment was completely gutted and had to be re-configured throughout.
The design of the apartment complex resulted in a triangular shaped terrace wedged between the two sides of the building. The designers introduced a timber pergola that provides a shaded area as well as privacy from overlooking apartments. South African lifestyle allows for many months of outdoor living and the extensive terrace allows for areas for outdoor dining and lounging. A narrow lap pool extends the entire 20 meters width of the terrace. A sensual curve staircase leads to the first floor. Here, the designers created a sumptuous master en-suite bedroom. The master bathroom is luxuriously finished in white veined marble, chromed tap ware and stainless steel detailed vanities.
The apartment is entered on the lower ground floor where a formal entrance lobby was created by screening off the open plan kitchen. Here the designers introduced a screen wall with an enlarged portal window to create a view into the apartment. Despite reducing the size of the existing double volume some of this was retained in the entrance hall which is enclosed by frameless glass. A new sleek white contemporary kitchen was integrated and flows into the formal dining and lounge area. An elegant fireplace was placed in the formal living area and overall, there is a simplicity and purity of form with a basic palette of black and white. An eclectic mix of bespoke furniture and the placement of the Clients’ collection of South African art and sculpture gives the interior a curated experience.
The apartment is unique in its detail and quality of finish, the spaces are restful and sophisticated and reflect a living environment that is seductive and inspired by living.
Photos: Courtesy of ANTONI Associates
The SGNW House is a contemporary single family property designed by Metropole Architects, located in Zimbali, South Africa and was completed in 2011. The scope of the design project entailed clients who wished to create a dream house for their site in the Zimbali forest estate. Several bodies of water, including Koi ponds, water features and a rimflow swimming pool appear to coalesce into one, and flow through the house and out into the forest. The stacked roof is fragmented and linked with flat roof slabs, in correspondence to the spatial arrangement of the rooms below, which both scales and articulates the massing of the house. The main bedroom suite cantilevers six meters over the patio below, providing protection from the weather, as well as “wow” factor. Large amounts of glazing optimize views of the indigenous bush that encapsulates the house, and together with the palette of raw materials including natural timber, off shutter concrete, water and natural stone cladding, offset the clean architectural lines with a warmth and Zen like ambiance.
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French photographer Jean–Marc Lederman purchased this fabulous villa near the town of Llandudno at the Cape of Good Hope, South Africa. The original home was a boring two-storey brick box, but the view were spectacular and captured the spirit of the area. Lederman renovated the home, giving it scale and magnitude, he had long dreamed of living in a house that would have resembled the style of Frank Lloyd Wright. Before beginning renovations, Lederman wanted to get a feel for the space, so he lived in the house for a year, studying how the light moved during the day and depending on the season. The first step of the architectural transformation was the basement, which was turned into a photo studio, then he created a spacious terrace with a swimming pool and an attached garage. The results of the design experiments seem to have been a success, the owner enjoys his photography studio and his daughter loves spending time on the terrace by the pool, and friends have found that the house is the best barbeque in the area of Cape Town
A few years after moving into the home, a fire on the top floor significantly damaged the roof and the ceiling. Instead of repairing the damage, Lederman decided to use fire in their favor and left the living room ceiling charred and the walls shabby.
Addressing the interior decor, Lederman first acquired modernist furniture and a few legendary items-chaise longue LC4 by Le Corbusier’s design, Pierre Jeanneret couch and Charlotte Perrian, Cassina, the Barcelona bench by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Knoll, and several vintage chairs 1960 ‘s.
The stairs are Bali teak and the railing is beached sea trunks and boughs.
He chose wooden tables from the island of Bali and ethnic cushions.
“I also don’t want to forget that my house is located in Africa, so I added in the interior several tribal sculptures placed on the walls and paintings by contemporary South African artists”.
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This stunning home of expatriates Xavier and Carine Huyberechts is situated in Johannesburg, South Africa. Xavier is an architect with GLH & Associates Architects, who designed the family’s dream home, which was originally in a derelict state when they got it. There was a magic of the place, and they immediately fell in love. The home was built from scratch, full of grandeur in stateliness, intimacy in small spaces and charm in minimalism. The home possesses a quiet majesty in its open-plan, double-volume living room that seems to blend into the rolling garden, blurring the boundaries between indoors and outdoors. There is a soothing uniformity of the all-white color scheme, anchored by warm woods and brightened by the art-filled walls. The architect demonstrates a minimalist aesthetic throughout with rich and seamless tapestry of cultures that define , without pigeonholing, the house’s residents.
On the ground floor, the rooms flow into each other effortlessly, and striking art from the likes of William Kentridge, Kendell Geers and Marco Cianfanelli, as well as Xavier’s own impressive efforts, punctuate the walls and give the house a shot of color. The same sense of restraint in design, coupled with exuberance in art, continues upstairs, where the bedrooms are, with the master suite connected to the children’s and guest rooms by a raw steel and wire walkway that cleverly echoes a suspension bridge.
Despite the crisp minimalism that prevails, this is a house with a nostalgic and sentimental heart. For instance, above the bathtub in the master bathroom are two plaster casts of Carine’s torso while pregnant with their son, Kwame, and daughter, Almaz, reminiscent of primitive African fertility sculptures.
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Singita Boulders Lodge overlooks South Africa’s shallow Sand River in the middle of a 33,000 acre territory that boasts the highest concentration of wildlife in all of Kruger National Park. The luxury lodge offers twelve sumptuous, authentic and refined suites offer stunning views of the banks of the river Sand. Each boasts its own pool and private terrace, guaranteeing you total harmony with nature. You will quickly find that midday hours are best reserved for relaxing by the pool to beat the heat.
The Singita Sabi Sand Game Reserve is home to high concentrations of lions, rhino, buffalo, elephant, and leopard. You’ll get the chance to track them with knowledgeable guides in the mornings and evenings, when they’re most active. When you get back from your safari, you will find a delicious African inspired gourmet meal waiting for you to enjoy in the shade of centuries-old trees. The lodge also boasts Africa’s finest bush cellar where you can enjoy an exclusive wine tasting. The lodge even offers a fully equipped gym (with a full view of the savanna) and a diverse menu of spa treatments, including traditional African treatments and hot stone massages.
Nightly rates for this exclusive luxury lodge starting from USD $2,867, from here.
Morukuru Lodge tucked away in the heart of the Madikwe reserve and, one of the largest reserves in South Africa, is named after the lofty trees which lend it their shade. Enfolding guests in peace and comfort, three superb villas accommodates families and groups of friends who wish to spend some special time together, far from everything, on an exclusive-use basis. The stone and timber villas are meticulously decorated, and open out onto immaculately preserved luxuriant nature: the perfect place if you want to observe wildlife and the numerous “Big Five” animals on the reserve. Airy bedrooms feature a fireplace for chilly nights and large, insect-screened sliding doors opening on to tree-shaded private balconies.
Spacious bathrooms have deep baths with a view of the bush, and both inside and outside, monkey’s eye-view private showers for an unforgettable bush experience. An additional four junior guests can be comfortably accommodated in the kid’s room, where they have access to recreational facilities. The superbly appointed living area offers fine dining for a complete party of ten, with cuisine prepared to your taste and requirements by your personal chef. Guests can also have breakfast in the morning sunshine to the accompaniment of cackling Wood Hoopoes, lunch ‘al fresco’ in the shaded garden, or dinner by starlight and candles on the broad pool deck overlooking the fast-flowing Marico River.
To stay at this spectacular lodge, prices range from $1,908 – $2,857.81 per night for four guests and $5,618.57 per night with a four night minimum for peak season for six adults and four children, from here.
The heated infinity pool is surrounded by comfortable loungers for relaxing, bush-view siestas after a dip in the cool water. A wooden veranda surrounds the lodge perimeter, providing quiet nooks for the private bush showers, leading to a romantic riverside raised walkway. On moonlit nights, dine around a crackling bonfire in the boma and on chilly nights or lazy days, savor the welcoming peace of the luxurious indoor lounge area, with its deep, comfortable couches, night-time crackling fire and panoramic daytime view of the bush and passing wildlife.
Sitting up high above Clifton, in Cape Town, South Africa, Nettleton 198 house connects a hillside garden on the East through the generous living space to the expansive Atlantic Ocean to the West. Designed by SAOTA Architects, the clients, a British couple living in Cape Town, requested a six-bedroom, seven-level home that makes the most of the site, the views and the mountain. The lower levels of the existing structure were totally remodeled while the upper level was demolished to allow for two new levels.
“Inspiration was drawn from the mountain and dark colors were used on the facade, allowing the building to visually recede into the mountain instead of being an obtrusive construction,” says Greg Truen, Project Partner. The site enjoys spectacular views, both of the sea and Lions Head and these views and the impact of the sun were key informants contributing to the overall design.
The sun being both a defining and also harsh influence on the property inspired the choice of screens, shutters and louvres that give the lower levels its distinctive gravitas. The living room can open up onto the west and the east completely, giving it the feeling of an open pavilion.
The finishes and detailing have been very carefully considered to achieve an integrated and visually effortless whole. The exterior of the building is clad in powder-coated aluminum which resulted in a very robust and precise surface finish. Internally, a much warmer look was achieved by using walnut timber. Black marble & glass were integrated into the design as accents.
The home is peppered with unusual design ‘delights’. The circular entrance area, clad in walnut timber, is one of the main features of the house. The space is amplified by a fascinating lighting installation of backlit slumped glass, that renders an “other-worldly” effect. An elegant floating timber staircase employs hanging stainless steel rods for a refreshing take on a balustrade. Others include the walnut-clad kitchen box, the granite-clad rim-flow pool and the sculptural cantilevered carbon fibre bar.
The clients wished to keep the interior as lean and focused as possible and the selection of furniture and lighting is both graphic and strong.
Photos: Courtesy of SAOTA Architects
De Wet 34 is a breathtaking contemporary residence on the slopes of Lions Head, overlooking the Atlantic coastline in Cape Town, South Africa designed by SAOTA Architects. Natural finishes combine with bold simple forms to create a contemporary interpretation of Cape vernacular. The interiors of this spectacular home have been designed by Antoni Associates and OKHA Interiors.
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St Leon 10 has been designed by Stefan Antoni Olmesdahl Truen Architects and Antoni Associates, situated in Bantry Bay, Cape Town, South Africa. This home was designed for a family with two young sons who wanted a house which simultaneously created spaces for casual intimate family occasions or large get-togethers. The site allows for unprecedented views towards the 12 Apostle Mountains, Clifton Beaches and Robben Island. The building is cut into the slope with approximately 50% of its rear face below the natural ground level. The upper level floats over the essentially glazed South West facing first floor and this exaggerates the height of the building relative to the adjacent ground level.
The house is organized in a linear manner with all rooms facing the sea view. The rear of the house offers privacy with no openings other than the glazed double volume entrance space. This space is screened with a steel framed timber screen and access off the street is through heavy timber gates.
The double volume entrance space leads onto the main living wing of the house including two lounges, dining room and kitchen.
A sculptural stair leads up a triple volume space from the entrance up to the second floor and bedroom levels.
The ground floor is accessed through the same stairwell and accommodates a generous pool entertainment room with a feature sunken lounge, back-lit onyx bar and wine cellar. A gym and second guest room are also accommodated on this lowest level.
ANTONI ASSOCIATES were appointed as the interior decorators. On the entrance living level the interiors are kept to a neutral palette with a subtle play on texture in materials and fabric selected. Soft cream leathers and weathered timber finishes layer the interior with luxurious elements. The overall feel is warm and inviting.