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SAOTA Architecture Designs – latest additions to this page, arranged chronologically:

10 Apr 2018
Double Bay House, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Double Bay House in Sydney
photograph : Adam Letch
Contemporary Home on Sydney Harbour Shore
Timber cladding, plastered mass walls, a wood-clad soffit and the exaggerated cill of a bay window punched through the sail screens, are layered into further planes. This game creates depth in an otherwise linear façade and provides privacy whilst maximising light and views to the park.

28 Feb 2018
Bora Headquarters, Mallorca, Illes Balears
Bora Headquarters on Mallorca
photograph : Adam Letch
Bora Headquarters
This relaxed resort-style home and work environment, a short flight from Germany, blends into its surrounding bucolic landscape through its use of form and locally inspired materials.

29 Jan 2018
La Lucia, Kwazulu Natal (KZN), South Africa
La Lucia in Kwazulu Natal
photograph : Karl Beath
La Lucia in Kwazulu Natal
This La Lucia beach house perfectly balances luxury and comfort with its uncomplicated spaces. Situated on the Kwazulu Natal North Coast just south of Umhlanga, the house is gently nestled between protected milkwood trees and enjoys beautiful ocean views – both of which inspired the design. Bronze aluminium sliding screens cocoon the house and offers protection from the elements as well as providing a unique the signature look for of the building.

8 Nov 2017
House Invermark – Awarded 2017 CIFA Commendation, Cape Town, South Africa
House Invermark
photo : Stefan Antoni
House Invermark by SAOTA
Located in the leafy suburb of Higgovale, set below the iconic Table Mountain, House Invermark overlooks the city and harbour of Cape Town. Forty seven years after receiving a medal for excellence, House Invermark has been awarded a prestigious Commendation from the Cape Institute for Architecture (CIfA), in recognition of noteworthy contributions to architecture.

OVD 919 Residence in Bantry Bay – 26 Oct 2015
Design: SAOTA
OVD 919
photo : Adam Letch

The Brief was to create a spectacular home which encapsulated the expansive 360 degree mountain and sea views. Though views out were paramount this needed to be carefully balanced with the required privacy from within.

Sprecher House, Hangklip – 11 Aug 2014
Design: SAOTA – Stefan Antoni Olmesdahl Truen Architects
Sprecher House
photo : SAOTA – Stefan Antoni

The owner’s brief was to design a house inspired by its indigenous surroundings, which is part of the recently established Sea Farm Private Nature Reserve.

Yzerfontein Residence, Pearl Bay, Yzerfontein – 2 May 2014
Design: SAOTA – Stefan Antoni Olmesdahl Truen Architects
Vame Yzerfontein House South Africa
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This property is architectural and minimalist while at the same time being harmonious and complementary to the West Coast vernacular.

Melkbos, Cape Town, South Africa – 22 Aug 2013
Design: SAOTA – Stefan Antoni Olmesdahl Truen Architects
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.

Glen 2961 Residence in Cape Town – 22 Aug 2013
Glen 2961
photo : Adam Letch

Kloof 151, Clifton, Cape Town, South Africa – 25 Jul 2013
Kloof 151 Clifton Cape Town
photo : SAOTA
The client’s brief was for a family home with a guest and a ‘work-from-home’ wing spread over two levels. The home was not only to enjoy the dramatic views of the Clifton beaches, but also to engage with the natural fynbos on the slopes of Lion’s Head to the North.

De Wet 34, Cape Town, South Africa
De Wet 34 Cape Town
photo : Adam Letch
De Wet 34 – 7 May 2013
The site is positioned in the heart of Bantry Bay in Cape Town, on the slopes of Lion’s Head overlooking the bay. The brief was to create a home with all the spectacle of an Atlantic Seaboard showpiece but also to respond to the practical needs of family life and to create a feeling of sanctuary.

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

Head Road 1815 – 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.

St Leon 10, Cape Town, South Africa
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.

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.

Head Road 1816, Cape Town, South Africa
Design: SAOTA – Stefan Antoni Olmesdahl Truen 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.

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.

La Lucia, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa
Design: SAOTA – Stefan Antoni Olmesdahl Truen Architects
La Lucia
photo : Karl Beath

Durban Holiday House – 9 Jun 2012
The brief called for a relaxed family holiday beach house on the North Coast of KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. The building has been sensitively designed to gently nestle between protected milkwood trees, in an area that has strict environmental controls. A sense of arrival is enhanced by an austere entrance flanked by two of the milkwood trees.

SAOTA Architects – Key Projects

Buildings by SAOTA Architects listed chronologically by addition date:

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

Pearl Bay House – 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’.

Radisson Blu Hotel Dakar, Senegal, western Africa
SAOTA Architects and Antoni Associates
Dakar Hotel Building
photo : Jon Case & Vauban Radi

Radisson Blu Hotel Dakar – added 6 Apr, new photos added 8 Mar 2013
“Overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and tucked away in the Fann Corniche, an area that houses exclusive villas and international embassies, the new Radisson Blu Hotel is a contemporary expression of Senegalese Style,” says Project Partner, Greg Truen. The brief called for 180 suites, a fine dining restaurant, an all-day restaurant, conference facilities, meeting rooms and admin facilities.

N Tunde 2, Lagos, Nigeria, western Africa
SAOTA Architects
Lagos Building
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Lagos Property – 6 Apr 2012
Designed for an owner / occupier the development comprises a Penthouse Villa for family use, 8 rental apartments, a clubhouse with recreational facilities, an office suite and a small mosque.
Situated in Ikoyi, Lagos, the building is typical to the area in that it provides all of its own infrastructure, power generation, water purification, black water treatment etc. but atypical in the high quality architectural solution that it provides

Mankgaile Primary School, Limpopo, South Africa
SAOTA Architects
Mankgaile School Building
photo : SAOTA

Mankgaile Primary School – added 2 Apr 2012
Sponsored by PetroSA, this school commands the focal position in the village and replaces a very rudimentary set of dilapidated buildings.
The main entrance is placed at the end of a linear spine which arranges the central public square and two open air classroom courtyards containing nine rooms on two levels.

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

Voelklip Beach House
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.

Nettleton, Cape Town, South Africa
SAOTA Architects
Clifton House
photo : SAOTA & Adam Letch

South African House
This family home defines itself primarily by the way the principal living spaces at level two relate to the surrounding portions of site. This floor accommodates two generous living rooms, an open plan kitchen and triple volume dining room. Virtually all rooms open out to adjacent terraces or garden spaces, which allows the house to fully utilize the small property.

Dakar Sow House, Senegal, western Africa
SAOTA Architects and Antoni Associates
Dakar House
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Dakar Sow House
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 and built on the site of an old World War Two bunker and on the edge of a cliff.

Cove 6, Pezula, Knysna, Western Cape, South Africa
SAOTA – Stefan Antoni Olmesdahl Truen Architects
Cove 6 House Knysna
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Cove 6 House
The owner’s brief was to design a house inspired by its indigenous fynbos surroundings, which is part of the recently established The Cove, a Private Estate, with the Pezula Golf Estate as backdrop. The site, located on an exposed cliff edge overlooking a rocky peninsula, is perched above a dramatic seascape with spectacular views.

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
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.

Hotel Conakry, South Africa
SAOTA Architects and Antoni Associates
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Ke Ochieng, South Africa
SAOTA Architects and Antoni Associates
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