SAOTA STUDIO EMBEDS MOUNTAINSIDE VILLA INTO CAPE TOWN’S COASTLINE

South African architecture studio SAOTA has designed ‘OVD 919’ – a cliff-side villa which offers panoramic mountain and sea views. Positioned on the ridge, below lions head mountain and with views of Robben Island, the brief called for a property that balanced these external sightlines with internal privacy.
 

 
Working with a relatively steep site and the fact that the Southern boundary is shared with a National Park, the design took on a sensitive approach. The secondary spaces were positioned at the lower levels with care taken to limit excavation. From the road these levels are concealed by a large North facing landscape wall – its customised angular design achieves a natural result. Strategically positioned penetrations within the landscape wall permit natural light and ventilation to the rooms beyond but glazing is set back and thereby concealed.
 

 
The building is limited to only two storeys above the ridge. the main living areas, pool terrace and garden are below with the family bedrooms elevated to the uppermost level. The layering of the house permits different experiences in different spaces. from the main stairs the linearity of the customized cast bronze coffee bar leads into the kitchen – the symbolic heart of the home. The adjacently positioned winter lounge features a lower ceiling, framing picturesque views.
 

 
The polished concrete floors of both the internal and external living areas ensure their seamless continuity. The timelessness of natural oak is celebrated and combined with feature brass insets for bedroom floors and all internal joinery. The master bedroom which is on the uppermost level is set back from the boundary line to increase privacy from the mountain paths. “An expansive planter off the main bedroom reiterates the importance of the natural surroundings and their connection with the sea views beyond,” noted Philip Olmesdahl, SAOTA director and project team member.

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