Luxury home inspired by its indigenous surroundings
Cape Town-based architectural practice, SAOTA, has designed the Sprecher project. The luxury home is located in Hangklip, South Africa.
The owner’s brief was to design a house inspired by its indigenous surroundings, which is part of the recently established Sea Farm Private Nature Reserve.
According to the architects: “The site, located on a rocky peninsula is perched above a dramatic seascape with spectacular views of the surrounding Hangklip Mountain. The area is home to indigenous fynbos and a vast array of sea life. The site is one of nine exclusive use areas permitted on the reserve and is isolated from neighbours. The owner’s, who live in Cape Town wanted a contemporary low-maintenance weekend retreat. The house had to take maximum advantage of its natural views and surrounding landscape.
“Drawing inspiration from local architect the result is a linear homestead with large verandas and monopitched roofs. In contrast, natural colours and materials were used, using warm sandstone, ash-grey Balau woodwork and a charcoal metal roof.
“The location of the site permitted large glazed areas and extensive use of outdoor spaces, with each aspect of the house having a private terrace or deck. The contrast between solid stonewall panels, large openings and the delicate infill roofing gives the house a sculptured feel.
“The open plan linear composition of the interior design allows views from every room. To take advantage of the sea and surroundings, Hangklip Mountain views and to provide protection from the extreme Cape Coastal climate, the living spaces were designed with north-south orientations, resulting in an open flowing space with sea and mountain terraces. This allows the house to live on both sides with the main living spaces forming the link between inside and outside. The orientation gives the owners the option of entertaining on the mountain/dining terrace side during poor weather conditions and on the living/sea terrace side on sunny days. The through-views also ensure that one always experiences the beauty of the sea and mountain.
According to the owner: We had found a piece of heaven and wanted a house that was deserving of this location. Our brief to SAOTA was a contemporary holiday home that took full advantage of the views. The house had to make for easy living. The focus was the entertaining, living areas that had to be relaxed and informal.
“We had certain criteria such as an open plan kitchen which had to be part of the family living rooms, and larger terraces with some deep shaded areas. Another request was a feature fireplace. From our first meeting with the architects we were seduced and inspired by Stefan’s vision and interpretation of our ideas.”
Images courtesy of Stefan Antoni
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