A CONTEMPORARY HOME ON A SPECTACULAR SITE, SOUTH AFRICA
Cape Town-based architectural practice, SAOTA, has designed the Clifton 2A project. Completed in 2014, the contemporary family residence sits on a spectacular but challenging site in Clifton, Cape Town, South Africa.
A key strategy to create a generous level for principal living rooms was to elevate the main level on a plinth comprising of guest bedrooms and secondary spaces such as the gym, study, garage and all plant.
This ground floor is partially set into the steep site thereby maximising the living level and raising it above the noisy provincial road. The first and second floors were then set back, fragmented and rotated to create a central but sheltered external terrace. A glass bridge forms the link between the fragmented structures at the upper levels and permits north sunlight to shine between the bedroom wings and into the central areas on the south side of the contemporary house.
“Due to the steepness of the site and the resultant excavation, the structural frame of the house virtually follows the natural ground level – this inherent drama was expressed as part of the overall aesthetic of the house”, says Tamaryn Fourie ], project leader.
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