A Waterfront Home Sits Pretty in Benguela Cove | NONAGON.style
This Lagoon-side Retreat Showcases Natural Beauty Inside and Out

This Lagoon-side Retreat Showcases Natural Beauty Inside and Out

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Written by –
Jess Ng
on August 18th 2018
Jess loves good design! She spends her weekends exploring the sights, sounds and architecture of the world. Another favorite activity is taste-testing local delicacies.
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Benguela Cove

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If you’re looking for the ideal location to build a back to nature holiday retreat then you can stop the search because I think I found it. Surrounded by majestic mountain views, blue lagoon waters and unspoiled vegetation, the Benguela Cove Lagoon Wine Estate is about as close to perfect as it gets. Sitting just east of Cape Town, the estate overlooks the Bot River Lagoon, encompassing vineyards, lavender fields and farmland. It also happens to be the site of SAOTA’s latest project, completed in collaboration with interior design studio ARRCC. Let’s take a closer look at this beautiful waterfront home.

Side exterior facade of a stunning industrial-inspired waterfront home set in the lagoon-side location of Benguela Cove | NONAGON.style

Braving the Elements

Perched high overlooking the lagoon’s tidal estuary, the Benguela Cove plot boasts breathtaking views that look out across the coastline. But there’s a catch. This great natural beauty comes at a price, namely the harsh exposure to extreme elements. Sun, salt, rain and high winds – you name it, this plot gets it all. Cue an architectural design that is every bit as robust as it is aesthetically stunning.

Exterior facade of a contemporary industrial waterfront home in Benguela Cove, South Africa | NONAGON.style

“The setting for this house is spectacular – a slope of indigenous fynbos vegetation runs into the broad waters of a tidal estuary bordered by mountains.” – SAOTA

Front exterior facade of a contemporary industrial waterfront home with timber siding in Benguela Cove, South Africa | NONAGON.style

A mix of timber sidings, corrugated aluminium and industrial concrete make up the exterior of this waterfront home. Its unusual form of sheltered overhangs, carefully calibrated to provide shelter from the winds, feels decidedly modern, yet it’s still in keeping with the rural surroundings thanks to its structural references to the distinct local typologies of barns and fruit-packing sheds.

Outdoor patio of a waterfront home with sun loungers and lagoon view | NONAGON.style

“Seen from the lagoon, the result is a memorable composition – at once a considered response to the contours and micro climate of the site, and a poetic narrative of shelter and outlook.” – SAOTA

Outdoor exterior facade of a contemporary industrial waterfront home in Benguela Cove, South Africa | NONAGON.style

A Hark to Heritage

Benguela Cove uses a ‘C’ shaped layout – an homage to the traditional alphabetic planning of the wings of traditional farms. Here, the wings serve to maximize outlook whilst creating a naturally sheltered courtyard in keeping with the owner’s desire for livable outdoor spaces.

Open plan living and dining area of a lagoon-side waterfront home with rattan and basketweave accents and wood panel ceiling | NONAGON.style
Industrial steel staircase and intricate wood feature wall in the hallway of a lagoon-side waterfront home in Benguela Cove, South Africa | NONAGON.style

Minimalist Sensibility

Inside, this waterfront home embraces minimalist sensibility. An edited approach to the interiors emphasizes the striking beauty of raw natural materials. Think lots of woods, rattan and basket-weave alongside the more austere concrete and granite. Huge floor-to-ceiling windows wrap around the home, framing a seamless flow of indoor-outdoor living spaces. The result is a home which truly embraces the beauty of its surroundings.

Contemporary living room with industrial concrete wall and boho accents in a lagoon-side waterfront home in Benguela Cove, South Africa | NONAGON.style

“Through the use of rich materials and an edited color palette, the decor is seamlessly integrated, optimizing the sense of space.” – Mark Rielly, ARRCC

Contemporary industrial kitchen with solid granite island and structural hanging pendant lighting in a lagoon-side waterfront home in Benguela Cove, South Africa | NONAGON.style
Contemporary industrial kitchen with solid granite island and wood accents in a lagoon-side waterfront home in Benguela Cove, South Africa | NONAGON.style

Island Dreams

The kitchen is a particular highlight in this home. A solid granite island anchors the space, complemented by black finishes and wood accents. Structural pendant lighting hanging from the wood panel ceiling – a modern take on the rustic wood beams – completes the look, adding a touch of dainty elegance to the overall contemporary industrial vibe.

Contemporary modern formal dining room with solid oak dining table and lagoon views in a waterfront home in Benguela Cove, South Africa | NONAGON.style

In Good Company

In addition to livable outdoor spaces, the owners of Benguela Cove wanted a home built for entertaining. Alongside the open plan living spaces, decor sourced from local design studio, OKHA, further reinforce the home’s social nature.

Open plan living and dining space with wood panel ceiling and floor to ceiling glass windows in a waterfront home in Benguela Cove, South Africa | NONAGON.style

For instance, warm textiles, such as the bamboo silk Diamond Rug, provide a luxurious counterpoint to the exacting architecture. Meanwhile, a solid oak dining table, which seats up to ten people, is the perfect setup for a dinner party.

Contemporary industrial bedroom with Diamond Rug and steel framed windows in a waterfront home in Benguela Cove, South Africa | NONAGON.style

Sweet Dreams

The two upper wings of the property house bedrooms with elevated views across the lagoon. Again, floor to ceiling sliding glass windows and a wooden deck have been employed to make best use of those 360 degree views.

Contemporary industrial bedroom with cozy traditional log burner and lagoon views in a waterfront home in Benguela Cove, South Africa | NONAGON.style

The overall look of the room borders on the industrial, with its austere concrete walls and steel frames. A traditional log burner is just the thing to bring a cozy glow to the space come nightfall.

Contemporary industrial bathroom with bath tub and steel frame windows in a waterfront home in Benguela Cove, South Africa | NONAGON.style

Final Thoughts

Overall, SAOTA and ARRCC have done a stunning job at making the most of the picturesque Benguela Cove site, using both architecture and interior design to showcase the natural beauty of this lagoon-side location. From the way the shadows fall on the staircase, to the way those steel frame windows capture the view just so, every inch of this waterfront home is Instagram-worthy. And let’s face it, that’s the ultimate stamp of approval in this social age.

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