Winelands 190: A luxury Cape Town property by AA Interiors
Cape Town-based interior design practice AA Interiors has designed the Winelands 190 project. Completed in 2014m the luxury home is located in Stellenbosch, Cape Town, South Africa.
Having completed two separate projects for their children on the Pearl Valley Golf Estate, the owners planned to re-locate from Pretoria to the Cape and approached AA Interiors to design their new home at the De Zalze Winelands and Golf Estate.
The parents loved the original design approach implemented by AA Interiors for their two sons’ projects and so their need was to create a new home where the whole family could gather and where the brief to the design team was to capture a modern farmhouse which incorporated glamorous elements with an emphasis on barefoot luxury and the use of natural materials.
The client’s brief was to ensure that when they occupied the house on their own that it was not too big and empty, however at the same time it also had to allow for the whole family and grandchildren should they decide to stay over.
Two important criteria for the clients were that the project had to include a central courtyard and that the main living areas were to have double volume. At the front of the plot the concept of a traditional “Cape Dutch Langhuis” with gabled ends was conceptualised. This part of the house was designed to contain the formal lounge and dining, informal lounge and braai room as well as the en-suite master bedroom, giving all these areas direct access to the front pool terrace with spectacular views to the surrounding vineyards and mountains.
The owners of this home love to entertain and wanted the house to reflect their lifestyle. Key features of this include the bespoke wine cellar. Here the design team created a spectacular glass wine wall. The oak timber cabinetry encases frameless glass shelving which can house more than 400 bottles which are perfectly temperature controlled with concealed refrigeration.
For the interior design the approach by Mark Rielly and Jon Case was to focus on the use of natural organic materials such as timber and stone. Limed oak flooring paired with honey coloured stone walls contrast with black charcoals and chalky white finishes. These tactile materials add a sense of homeliness and warmth to the contemporary architecture.
Werf walls and a pergola covered walkway lead to the front entrance which opens into the courtyard lobby overlooking the reflective pond and greenery. Glass pocket doors create separate entrances and lead into the side wings. Focal features of the entrances are the floating sculpture ledges. Here Angus Taylor sculptures are reflected in the fractured mirror wall cladding.
A combination of bold and discreet lighting was used to create a ‘wow’ factor and the layering of lighting set various moods. Subtle lighting has been incorporated in all recesses and feature bulkheads to give a warm glow to peripheral edges. In the dining room a customised crystal chandelier by Martin Doller is suspended from the ceiling rafters.
The interior furniture is modern and complementary to the experience of the home. Tactile finishes including timber, textured leathers and raw linens add a sophisticated sense of understated luxury. The client’s love for colour has been introduced with injections of bold prints and vibrant fabrics.
Images courtesy of Adam Letch via AA Interiors
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