Located below Lion’s Head, with views over Table Mountain, Signal Hill, the city of Cape Town and the Boland mountain range beyond, this family home is designed to take advantage of its surroundings in all the best ways.
Designed by architect firm SAOTA, this family home boasts breath-taking views in every direction. In fact, the house was shaped in such a way that it takes in as much of the natural surroundings as possible. The inverted pyramid roof creates a clerestory window around the upper level to capture the views of Table Mountain and Lion’s Head, while also providing visual access to the sky to allow the sun and moon into the home. In this space the connection to nature and her cycles is palpable.
The home consists of three separate levels, each of which has its own set of gardens and courtyards. The gardens stretch from the surface of the mountain down against the side of the house, which helps to block out the sight of neighbouring buildings, and strengthens the relationship with nature that is so central to the space.
Most of the home’s living spaces can be found on the top level, which includes an open-plan kitchen, a dining room, and lounge. The best views, which extend well over the city and to the winelands in the distance can be enjoyed from this level. The swimming pool and outdoor deck area merge with the surrounding trees and bush and look over both green space and cityscape. The family’s bedrooms and workspaces are located on the mid-level, while the lower level consists of a garage, gym, cinema, and guest room.
The exterior of the house is a contemporary dark grey, while its stone wall is built in traditional Cape style. Although located on a busy street, very little about the home is actually revealed from the outside. A large metal door sits between the stone wall and the house itself and leads into a small entrance lobby connected to a courtyard garden. Upon entering, there is an immediate sense of privacy, and a few steps lead up to the living space and its panoramic views of the city and nearby mountains. At night, an inverted pyramid roof glows to create a giant lightbox effect, a unique touch to the building’s sleek design.
Despite being a family home, the interior is sophisticated, with clean lines, neutral shades and plenty of natural light. The use of washed oak gives the home a sense of warmth, while details like a wall-long bookshelf offer a lived-in feel. The space is furnished with OKHA furniture, with a Hunt sofa, Nicci Nouveau and Miles armchairs on the upper and middle levels. A Planalto dining table creates a stylish focal point near the second-floor courtyard and acts as both a work and personal space for the family. Attention to detail is everything in this home, and décor elements like the OKHA floor lamps contribute to the overall elegance of the place.
Photographers: Adam Letch & Micky Hoyle