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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Nettleton 198 in Cape Town, South Africa by SAOTA

August 8th, 2012 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: SAOTA

The clients, a British couple living in Cape Town, requested a six-bedroom, seven-level home that makes the most of the site, the views and the mountain. The lower levels of the existing structure were totally remodelled while the upper level was demolished to allow for two new levels.

“Inspiration was drawn from the mountain and dark colours were used on the facade, allowing the building to visually recede into the mountain instead of being an obtrusive construction,” says Greg Truen, Project Partner. The site enjoys spectacular views, both of the sea and Lions Head and these views and the impact of the sun were key informants contributing to the overall design.

Garden (Image Courtesy Adam Letch)

  • Architects: SAOTA – Stefan Antoni Olmesdahl Truen Architects
  • Project: Nettleton 198
  • Location: Clifton, Cape Town, South Africa
  • Project Team: Greg Truen, Stefan Antoni & Jacques Prinsloo
  • Interior Design: Client
  • Main Furniture Supplier: OKHA Interiors
  • Completion Date: 2011
  • Photographs: Adam Letch

Street View (Image Courtesy Adam Letch)

The sun being both a defining and also harsh influence on the property inspired the choice of screens, shutters and louvres that give the lower levels its distinctive gravitas. The living room can open up onto the west and the east completely, giving it the feeling of an open pavilion.

The finishes and detailing have been very carefully considered to achieve an integrated and visually effortless whole. The exterior of the building is clad in powder-coated aluminium which resulted in a very robust and precise surface finish. Internally, a much warmer look was achieved by using walnut timber. Black marble & glass were integrated into the design as accents.

Garden (Image Courtesy Adam Letch)

The home is peppered with unusual design ‘delights’. The circular entrance area, clad in walnut timber, is one of the main features of the house. The space is amplified by a fascinating lighting installation of backlit slumped glass, that renders an “other-worldly” effect. An elegant floating timber staircase employs hanging stainless steel rods for a refreshing take on a balustrade. Others include the walnut-clad kitchen box, the granite-clad rim-flow pool and the sculptural cantilevered carbon fibre bar.

The clients wished to keep the interior as lean and focused as possible and the selection of furniture and lighting is both graphic and strong.

Garden (Image Courtesy Adam Letch)

Bathroom (Image Courtesy Adam Letch)

Bedroom (Image Courtesy Adam Letch)

Staircase (Image Courtesy Adam Letch)

Terrace (Image Courtesy Adam Letch)

Terrace (Image Courtesy Adam Letch)

Lounge (Image Courtesy Adam Letch)

Kitchen (Image Courtesy Adam Letch)

Foyer (Image Courtesy Adam Letch)

Foyer (Image Courtesy Adam Letch)


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