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e-architect choose the most interesting African Houses. We include high end contemporary properties. We cover completed homes and new property designs across Africa. The focus is on contemporary Africa properties. Information on traditional residences is also welcome.

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Melkbos, Cape Town, South Africa – 22 Aug 2013
Design: SAOTA
Melkbos Residence Cape Town
photo : SAOTA

The form and siting of the house is strongly orientated around views. On entering the house, the focus turns completely to the sea facing side of the home, which opens up and embraces the landscape of the West Coast.

Clifton Beach Apartment, Cape Town, South Africa – 12 Jul 2013
Design: ANTONI ASSOCIATES, Architects
Clifton Beach Building
photo : Adam Letch

This waterfront project combines elegance, luxury and sophistication in a beach front property located along one of the pristine beaches of Cape Town. The Client’s brief was to renovate a ground floor double level apartment in a newly constructed luxury complex. The design of the original unit felt constricted and the Client wanted to add a fourth master bedroom suite.

House in Ferndale, Johannesburg, South Africa
Design: Nico van der Meulen Architects
House in Ferndale Johannesburg
image from architect

House in Ferndale – 6 Jun 2013
This residence in a leafy Johannesburg suburb was designed by Nico van der Meulen, founder of Nico van der Meulen Architects in 1986, on a 2000 sqm sub-division and completed in 1987 for his family, but also to use as his studio, as at that time he just started his own practice and decided to work from his home, specializing in the design of up-market residences.

Head Road 1815, Cape Town, South Africa
Design: SAOTA Architects
New House in South Africa
photo : SAOTA

New House in South Africa – 5 Apr 2013
The house includes three storeys accommodating three en-suite guest suites on the ground floor, with a plant area and a staff flatlet at the rear. The first floor is the main living level, with a large living room and dining room opening to a covered and uncovered pool terrace. The kitchen is positioned to enjoy views through the glass roof towards Lion’s Head. The entrance hall is accessed by gentle steps from Head Road preceded by a glass-roofed external lobby space. The second floor accommodates the master bedroom, dressing room and a light-filled en-suite with views over the pool below.

House in Bryanston, Johannesburg, South Africa
Design: Nico van der Meulen Architects
Serengeti House South Africa
photo from architect

House in Bryanston – 12 Mar 2013
Situated on a 4,000 sqm stand in Eccleston Rd, Bryanston this is a new 1,400 sqm residence designed by Nico & Werner van der Meulen of Nico van der Meulen Architects cc. Interior design was done by M Square Lifestyle Design, and the furniture, interior decoration and feature lights were by M Square Lifestyle Necessities. Due to the slope of the stand, a large basement was designed on the lower side of the property, creating a stepped effect on the stand.

Serengeti House, Johannesburg, South Africa
Nico van der Meulen Architects
Serengeti House
photo from architect

Serengeti House – 27 Feb 2013
This is a Johannesburg home, located on a suburban golf estate, in Africa. The home’s visual success is due to its perfectly balanced application of earthy textures against high-gloss finishes, and raw material against refined elements.

House Aboobaker, Limpopo, South Africa
Design: Nico van der Meulen Architects
House Aboobaker South Africa
photo : David Ross + Nico van der Meulen

House in Limpopo – 22 Feb 2013
After careful consideration, the client approached our company to redesign and style their outdated home in Limpopo. It is situated on the Tropic of Capricorn where the heat is excessive, particularly in the summer months, and requires specialized treatment in ensuring an alteration and addition that will take these factors into consideration.

St Leon 10, Cape Town, South Africa
Design: SAOTA
St Leon 10 Cape Town
photo : SAOTA

St Leon 10 – 14 Feb 2013
This home was designed for a family with 2 young sons who wanted a house which simultaneously created spaces for casual intimate family occasions or large get-togethers.

Clifton View 7, Cape Town, South Africa
Clifton View 7 Cape Town House
photo : Adam Letch

Clifton View 7 House – 4 Feb 2013
Access is gained to the apartment on the upper level. The dining room, living room and kitchen are open plan and have direct access to the extensive terrace. The open plan dining area acts as a pivotal focal point between the spiral staircase and the main entertainment space. The success of the space is a culmination of bespoke detailing, unexpected stylistic juxtapositions and dramatic artworks.

Plett 6541 + 2, The Robberg, Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route, South Africa
Design: SAOTA – Stefan Antoni Olmesdahl Truen Architects
Plettenberg Bay Residence
photo : SAOTA

House at Plettenberg Bay – 7 Dec 2012
The clients requested a 6-bedroomed family home with understated elegance and quiet grandeur, indoor / outdoor living spaces and uninterrupted views, with a ”lived-in beach-house” feel. The beach-front site is subject to hot summers and moderate winters, with a cooling on-shore breeze, from the North East. Taking advantage of the large dune across the majority of the site, the views were maximised by elevating the living levels to above natural ground level, terracing built forms down the dune.

Head Road 1816, Cape Town, South Africa
SAOTA Architects
Cape Town House
photo : Adam Letch

Head Road 1816 – 22 Nov 2012
The clients required a four bedroom home for their young family, the design of which had to encapsulate all the qualities of luxury open-plan living while still providing a homely environment.
The practicalities of the site – steepness and town planning restrictions – were key initial drivers in determining the parameters available. The narrow proportion of the property also necessitated the careful consideration of privacy and bedroom accommodation, which is set back from the street or suitably screened.

Glen Higgovale, Cape Town, South Africa
Design: SAOTA – Stefan Antoni Olmesdahl Truen Architects
Higgovale Cape Town House
photo : Adam Letch

Glen Higgovale – 29 Oct 2012
The clients who lived in an existing house on the property needed to rebuild the house in order to suit the demands of their family. The site on Glen Avenue in Higgovale faces in a Northerly direction, with its boundaries on the South East. Although the wind conditions are tough, the site’s moderate slope allows the design to engage with different levels of the garden adjacent to the areas of the three level lounge.

Clifton House, Cape Town, South Africa
Design: SAOTA – Stefan Antoni Olmesdahl Truen Architects
Clifton House
photo : SAOTA & Adam Letch

Clifton House – 14 Aug 2012
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.

Vame, Pearl Bay, Yzerfontein, South Africa
SAOTA Architects
Pearl Bay House
photos : SAOTA

South African Holiday Home – added 6 Apr 2012
The clients: a couple from New York building a holiday home in the Southern hemisphere for summer vacations. Aware of contemporary architectural trends, they requested a sculptured building with clean horizontal lines, large areas of glass and screens creating a space that is ‘open as well as private’. Their brief was a 2-bedroomed home with indoor / outdoor living spaces and a studio to be used in their photographic and film related occupations.

Voelklip Beach House, Hermanus, near Cape Town, South Africa
SAOTA Architects and Antoni Associates
Voelklip House
photo : SAOTA & Adam Letch

Voelklip Beach House – added 2 Apr 2012
The sloping site facilitated planning of the split-level living space allowing the lounge, dining and all bedrooms to have sea views. Fairly restrictive Title Deed and Planning conditions also contributed to the nature of the building.

Dakar Sow House, Senegal, western Africa
SAOTA Architects and Antoni Associates
Dakar House
photo from architects

Dakar Sow House – added 23 Mar 2012
Situated on a cliffside overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, Villa Sow in Dakar, Senegal was completed in 2011, with SAOTA – Stefan Antoni Olmesdahl Truen Architects, the Architects and ANTONI ASSOCIATES doing the Interior Decor. The house was designed for a Senegalese businessman and his family.

Cove 3, Pezula, Knysna, Western Cape, South Africa
SAOTA – Stefan Antoni Olmesdahl Truen Architects
Knysna Property
photo : Micky Hoyle COURTESY OF VISI

Cove 3 House – 19 Mar 2012
Situated in The Cove at Pezula Estate outside Knysna, on the West Coast of South Africa, this family home enjoys sea views to the East and South. The idea was to create a living space with a single roof element floating over it that responded to the slope of the site. The roof is set at a high level so that it is hidden from the living space, creating the illusion that one is surrounded by the landscape. A triangular cut-out in the roof connects one with the sky.

African Architecture

Featured Africa Residences, alphabetical:

Cove 6, Pezula, Knysna, Western Cape, South Africa
SAOTA Architects
Knysna Building
photo from architects

Cove 6 House
Glass House, Johannesburg, South Africa
Nico van der Meulen Architects
Glasshouse Johannesburg
picture from architect

Glasshouse Johannesburg
House Wright, Durban, South Africa
House Wright
photo from architects

South African House
JoziRows, South Africa
studioMAS architects + urban designers
JoziRows Johannesburg
photo : Barry Goldman

JoziRows Johannesburg

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