Delivering a taste of the ultimate dream life overseas, January sees Montfort traverse to more balmy climes and to South Africa to explore one of Cape Town's greatest architectural gems.

As a much-needed dose of luxury amongst the typical dreariness of winter in the UK, discover unadulterated vistas, expansive open spaces and magnificent contemporary form that define this spectacular hilltop residence completed little over four years ago by South African architecture firm SAOTA

The site is positioned on the mountain ridge below Lions Head with views of Robben Island to the North and Camps Bay, and the Twelve Apostles to the south.

Offering sensational 360-degree mountain and sea views, the property vaunts outstanding open-plan living spaces all the while delivering a perfect balance of privacy for its inhabitants. “The architecture needed focus on creating a contemporary, uncluttered and sculptural building”, said Tamaryn Fourie, senior associate and project team member.

Working with a relatively steep site and the fact that the southern boundary is shared with a national park, the design is instilled with sensitivity. North-facing landscape walls that mask the lower levels of the building feature a bespoke angular design to deliver a natural response at one with its surroundings.

The building is determined by only two storeys that sit above the ridge with the main living areas, garden and pool terrace below. The family bedrooms are positioned on the upper level for strategic privacy. The architects created this sense of ‘layering’ to impart unique experiences from the different spaces. Featuring open-plan living spaces, the property notably also includes both a summer and winter lounge for more formal or informal entertaining. Large gallery-type spaces work with the ever-present backdrop of the mountains and the sea, to further emphasise the magnetism of the site.

“Throughout this level boundaries are blurred and there’s a wonderful continuity between internal and external living – it’s a house for all seasons and plays off the mood of the climate and surrounding landscape,” said Tamaryn Fourie.

Raw, natural materials permeate throughout with varying textures chosen throughout the home to emphasise the uncluttered, sculptural and contemporary representation of the architecture.

In one word… sensational.

SAOTA Architecture & Design, 109 Hatfield Street Gardens, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa;

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Photography by Adam Letch


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