Overlooking the Cape Town coast, this striking angular home evokes a dynamic energy. It’s the sort of place you could find James Bond, with its suave interiors and clever mix of wood materials against luscious textiles and warming gold hues. The home owner is an avid entertainer, so this is reflected in the design with its great spaces for mixing drinks and lounging.
The original site was steep and had a lot of large boulders and gum trees that needed to be extracted. Clearing the site was challenging because of the slope, and not wanting to do any damage to the properties below at risk of tumbling boulders and debris.
“SAOTA designed the house with all the guest bedrooms on the lower levels to elevate the main living area and master bedroom, providing the owner with a private penthouse,” described the architects of the space. By lifting the home’s public spaces higher, they maximized the views over the sea and beyond for living room areas and entertaining.
In the entryway, “the walnut paneling reflects the warmth seen throughout the rest of the home, while the metal fleck ceramic by Chantal Woodman for OKHA, standing on a suspended black swing server, tells you that there’s fun to be had inside,” describes designer Nina Sierra Rubia from ARRCC. The wide glass-sided steps allow for mountainside views on the way to the middle level’s living and entertaining room.
The walnut kitchen table was custom-made, and given a marble lazy Susan that matches the kitchen counter’s tones and hues. Brass ribbon-like chandeliers make for a relaxing yet striking space, subtley replayed with touches of the same color on furniture.
With similar lighting to draw parallels to the kitchen area, the balance of walnut paneling and splashes of brass finishes make the living room feel energized and relaxing. A custom-made sofa sits at an angle to make best use of the space, and of course, the views.
“With privacy being a major factor for the client, we also had to adjust the design of the house to ensure that the views were maximized, whilst the outside of the house provided complete privacy from the street level,” SAOTA explained.
When the home owner finally got to see the complete project, he was overwhelmingly pleased with the results. “It was an emotional end to a stimulating and very rewarding design joinery. The realized project surpassed the owner’s expectation as the ultimate entertainer home, leaving him with a great sense of pride and greatfulness.”
With an infinity pool overlooking the sea views, it makes sense to have a deck that feels like the living room extends from indoors to outdoors seamlessly. Muted and cool tones create that relaxing beach vibe and provide the perfect spot to relax after a dip in the pool, and watch the sun go down.
The walnut and brass fittings really give the room a masculine element, with the gray textiles soften the room and provide a comfortable place to recline.
Back in the living room, either side of the coffee table are two purple OKHA Gloob chairs, in their soft velvety goodness they pop in an otherwise muted space. “The custom‐made server and coffee‐table cluster create interest in their unusual design, with the Tom Dixon Melt lamp acting as sideboard sculpture, maintaining the metallic pops of attraction around the home. On the opposite end of this floor is the bar, a stylish nook for mixing drinks under Lee Broom hanging lights from Crema,” describe the designers.
The paneling that has so far acted as a divider reaches up into the ceiling to create an envelopment, and a cozy intimate space for entertaining. The hot pink Tom Dixon bar stools really add something special to the room, a feisty attitude that give a shot of color to the whole look.
“It’s a dynamic home,” says Mark from SAOTA. “One where unexpected materials combine to create a space that is as energetic as its owner.”
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