Winding along the western slopes of Lion’s Head in Cape Town, this home soaks up stunning views over the Atlantic Ocean and the surrounding mountains. A suburb full of natural shrubland, Clifton, the house is build on a steep slope and rises up on different levels.
The conceptual approach from SAOTA was to reinstate the qualities of the natural landscape. The clients wanted their home to align with their personality, which shines through in the selection of art and style.
“The sloped mountainous site created numerous structural challenges, but also provided an opportunity to stagger the house alongside the slope to allow for views and privacy” describe the team at SAOTA. Addressing the excavation, the home was designed as an arrangement of staggered blocks.
One of the striking features is the upper level bridge area, which is a raised platform from the patio space. Taller, upstairs areas are more private, while lower levels are communal spaces and entertainment areas. The gabion-walled exterior and cocoon-like pod reflects the natural mountain it looks out onto. It sits on top of a “transitional space that is expressed as a green terrace and braai area, representative of what would have been the landscape’s foliage level.”
All of the levels in the home are connected through this angular timber staircase.
The demure living room is designed in cool stone grays and solid rich wood cabinetry.
From inside, you get a feel for how the slatted box feels like private quarters. There is space for trees to grow up to this area, and feels “as if you were sitting in the shade of a large tree” thanks to the way natural light filters through. Mimicking the look of bark, it’s actually engineered from durable yet lightweight aluminium, making it suitable for all seasons.
The living level is much further set back from the road, giving more sound proofing and privacy.
The master bedroom looks out from the top of the house, with foldaway windows and glass balcony walls to give clear views of the beaches and mountains beyond.