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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.

Silverhurst in Cape Town, South Africa by SAOTA – Stefan Antoni Olmesdahl Truen Architects; VIVID

 
November 8th, 2012 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: SAOTA – Stefan Antoni Olmesdahl Truen Architects

VIVID Architects prepared the initial concept design for this home, a contemporary reboot of the more classical architectural styles. SAOTA – Stefan Antoni Olmesdahl Truen Architects and ANTONI ASSOCIATES were then appointed to refine & develop the design and oversee the project to completion.  The facade is Georgian inspired but the modern aspect of the look is driven by a dynamic of recessed and projecting panels and cubes that create courtyards and terraces that articulate and add interest to what is a highly organised shell. The interiors, by ANTONI ASSOCIATES, are equally sculpted.

Image Courtesy Wieland Gleich & SAOTA

  • Architects: SAOTA – Stefan Antoni Olmesdahl Truen Architects with VIVID
  • Project: Silverhurst
  • Location: Constantia, Cape Town, South Africa
  • SAOTA Project Team: Stefan Antoni, Philip Olmesdahl & Gina Leinberger
  • Interior Design: ANTONI ASSOCIATES
  • Project Team: Mark Rielly & Tavia Pharaoh
  • Completion Date: 2008
  • Photographs: Wieland Gleich & SAOTA

Image Courtesy Wieland Gleich & SAOTA

Entering the house, a large light-filled entrance hall divides the two ground-floor wings which consist of a series of living spaces that open out to a private courtyard and the very edgy Franchesca Watson landscaped garden beyond.

Image Courtesy Wieland Gleich & SAOTA

For the design ethic within the house, ultra-slick finishes and a futuristic home-tech edge were chosen. Stripped back ceilings with recessed details cleverly hide curtain tracks and act as a mechanism through which wooden feature walls can disappear out of sight, lending each room a clean crisp finish. Clusters of directional spotlights were selected to add ambience and subtly highlight architectural nuances, such as the floating stairs.

Image Courtesy Wieland Gleich & SAOTA

Natural materials were used to add warmth and texture throughout. Jerusalem stone flooring extends from the main entrance through most of the internal and external spaces giving way to fumed oak floors in the living and dining areas, as well as American cedar for the doors and pergolas and Ipe for the pool decking.

Image Courtesy Wieland Gleich & SAOTA

This natural but uncluttered linear language was carried through to the decor by Mark Rielly of ANTONI ASSOCIATES who opted for solid timber pieces. Leather and suede were chosen for the upholstery. Feature lights are also strategically placed to add drama and definition to different spaces. The symbiosis between the decor and architecture is such that the overall impression is that of a clean but carefully considered scheme that soothes with its high-end modern appeal.

Image Courtesy Wieland Gleich & SAOTA

Image Courtesy Wieland Gleich & SAOTA

Image Courtesy Wieland Gleich & SAOTA

Image Courtesy Wieland Gleich & SAOTA

Image Courtesy Wieland Gleich & SAOTA

Image Courtesy Wieland Gleich & SAOTA

Image Courtesy Wieland Gleich & SAOTA

Image Courtesy Wieland Gleich & SAOTA

Image Courtesy Wieland Gleich & SAOTA

Image Courtesy Wieland Gleich & SAOTA

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