The property, and subsequently the plan of the house, focuses on Camps Bay beach, and the views of Lion’s Head in the north direction. The property also affords great view of The Twelve Apostles and the Cable Station. As the existing house did not maximize the sites’ potential, it was entirely demolished except for the small basement area which was converted into a guest suite with special views of its own. In place, a double-storey home was positioned centrally on the site i.e. where it starts to widen towards the north which basically cuts the property in half resulting in a very large south facing garden. The challenge with this site was its shape; it is 50m long and only 20m wide (at its widest). The designer’s response was quite interesting due to its strong lines, yet created difficulties in how to accommodate all the rooms without creating a dull layout.
“To capitalize on the views, meant that the design also needed to respond to issues of privacy with the neighbour’s property. Clerestory frameless glazing (skylights) replaced structure and framed views which might otherwise have been missed. Sandblasting of the full height glazing at the eastern boundary enabled us to maximize light to the linear passage and maintain view of the mountain peaks while also adhering to clients requirements and ensuring privacy of the neighbouring property,” says partner Stefan Antoni.
The upstairs and upper level ground floor are very similar in layout as each level is fully equipped and independently habitable. The ground floor differs from the upper level because it has a self-contained staff suite, two bedrooms and a water feature which runs the full length of the passage emphasizing the linearity of the home. At this level the views from the terrace is mostly restricted to the north. However, at the first floor level, the structure is elevated above the neighbouring houses and can appreciate the 360 degree view. The living areas have a great connection to the covered or uncovered terraces and the interior/exterior space continuation is dramatic and seamless.
The bedrooms are arranged facing west offering the sea view – off the linear circulation space which forms the rear ‘spine’ of the house. Also, some bedrooms are quite compact and the lighter colours tend to increase the sense of spaciousness
There is a dramatic staircase in this circulation space; with good views back to the Cable Station. The roof over the deck has a steel structure which cantilevers out of the reinforced concrete roof slab. A steel ‘ring’ beam was used to create the cut-out and the remaining external roof was then clad with aluminum panels. Steel sections remain visible creating the illusion of a very thin roof.
The designer has selected materials to create a calm and contemplative feeling. The pale colours reflect light in all spaces complementing the unwinding feel of the home. All finishes were selected to be robust, easy-to-maintain and easy-to-live with.
Polished porcelain tiles have been used throughout – large, light and seamless, ensuring uniformity between spaces. ‘Duco’ to joinery – single tone and understated, with stylish square door knobs in bedrooms. Poggenphol kitchens. Balau timber deck weathers well to an elegant silvery grey tone.
“The interior with its minimalist style brings warmth through texture, in fabrics and surface finishes. The colour palette is neutral (soft greys and charcoals) however we have brought colour into the spaces, through accent pieces,” says Mark Rielly of Antoni Associates.
In designing this stunning home, the designer has showcased his sensitivity to the spacial conditions as well as deftness in capitalizing on the exquisite site views.
Text: Keshia D’souza Photographs: Wieland Gleich & Karl Beath