The exhibition follows the launch of SAOTA’s first monograph. Presenting memorable and distinctive residences selected from its wide-ranging global output, the book celebrates thirty-five years of innovative residential design from Lagos to Los Angeles, including houses from the dramatic South African coast where it all began.
More than just a showcase of the studio’s projects, the exhibition explores the synthesis of three core ideas within the work that has established SAOTA as an integral part of the global architectural landscape. LIGHT - The energy that is crucial to human life is also the force that renders form, allowing the observer to perceive color, texture, and space. SPACE - The manipulation of space and the definition of the sequence in which it is experienced has always been one of the architect’s primary tools. SAOTA’s architecture blends and shares space, blurring the division between elements; be it internal or external, sometimes extending to the horizon, or to the sky, to create buildings that invite a powerfully emotive response. LIFE - SAOTA creates architecture that understands human needs extend beyond just the requirement for shelter. They are stages for entertaining, for sharing, for rest, for families and for contemplation.
In partnership with Porcelanosa, Delta Light, and Panoramah!, theExhibition will be open to the public Monday to Friday from 10.00 AM – 04.00 PM. On the 8th of June there will be a Book Talk Event open to public. Attendees will be able to register on the SAOTA website. The book will be available for purchase at the exhibition.
SAOTA is led by Stefan Antoni, Philip Olmesdahl, Greg Truen, Philippe Fouché, Mark Bullivant, Roxanne Kaye and Logen Gordon, and has designed luxury residential and commercial projects on six continents. With reference to South African Modernism, and a grounding in the international style, its projects take advantage of wildly beautiful settings and are rooted in place by the relationship between the building and its site. The practice cites the spirit of enquiry and close examination of function and form as hallmarks of its work, as well as the use of the most current technology, including virtual reality, in its design processes.
The first LIGHT SPACE LIFE exhibition launched at the end of 2017 in Cape Town, followed by Zurich in 2019, and now Miami in 2022. Later this year the show will open in New York. More information about guided tours and book talks will be made available on the SAOTA website.