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KLOOF 119A Residence in Cape Town, South Africa by SAOTA

Project name:
Architecture firm:
Cape Town, South Africa
Adam Letch & Micky Hoyle
Principal architect:
Design team:
Greg Truen, Dov Goldring, Jaco Bruwer, Ian Cox and Puja Patel
SBDS Quantity Surveyors (Quantity Surveyor)
Interior design:
OKHA (interior decor)
Built area:
850 m²
Site area:
Design year:
Completion year:
Civil engineer:
Structural engineer:
Moroff & Kühne Consulting Engineers
Environmental & MEP:
Franchesca Watson Garden Designer
Tools used:
Gossow & Harding Construction Pty (Ltd)
Stone, Glass, Steel, Wood, Concrete and plaster
Residential › House

This SAOTA designed family home is positioned below Lion’s Head; with views of Table Mountain, Lion’s Head, Signal Hill, the city of Cape Town and the mountains of the Boland and the winelands in the distance, the architecture is shaped to take in as much of the surrounding as is possible.

The strongest gesture is the inverted pyramid roof which creates a clerestory window around the upper level.  It allows the building to open up, capturing views of Table Mountain and Lion’s Head that would otherwise have been lost.  This has also opened up views of the sky bringing the sun and moon into the home, heightening the connection to nature and its cycles.

The house presents a stone wall, built in a traditional Cape way, to the busy city street that it sits on, revealing very little about its interior. At night, the inverted pyramid roof glows creating a giant lightbox adding to the intrigue.

One enters the house through the large metal front door, which sits between the house proper and the stone wall, into a small entrance lobby connected to a courtyard garden. From this restrained quiet space a few steps take you up into the living space with its cinematic bold views over the city.

The house is arranged on three levels. The top level has the strongest views and holds most of the living spaces; the open-plan kitchen, dining room and lounge. The family’s work and bedroom spaces are on the mid-level with the garage, gym, cinema and guest room on the lower level.

Each level has its own set of gardens and courtyards.  These gardens extend from the mountain surface down against the house, screening the neighbouring buildings and intensifying the relationship with nature; allowing light and air into spaces that would otherwise be dark and isolated.

modern house in Cape Tow with pool                                                                                                    

The dark exterior breaks down the mass of the building pushing it into the background. Internally, colours are muted and the use of a washed oak gives the spaces warmth.

The sophisticated spaces were furnished using OKHA furniture. The Hunt Sofa, the Nate, Nicci Nouveau, Vince and Miles Armchairs are placed on the upper and middle levels and the Planalto Dining Table creates a focal point adjacent to the second floor courtyard, which is used as a working/personal space. OKHA also provided the To Be One and Lean On Me floor lamps in the lounge area.

contemporary home surrounded with green landscape

stone wall and concrete steps

pivot door

window with garden view

KLOOF 119A Residence in Cape Town, South Africa by SAOTA

dining area with skylight

living room with skylight

modern kitchen with skylight

inner courtyard garden

living room with inclined ceiling

concrete staircase steps

red armchairs and coffee table

modern residence with infinity pool

infinity poo with ocean view

staircase concrete steps

home library bookshelves

indoor garden plants

outdoor furniture

bathroom vanity design

wooden wall

staircase design

Kloof house Cape Town

ground floor plan

first floor plan

second floor plan

roof plan


By Naser Nader Ibrahim

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