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Clifton House, South Africa : Cape Town Property

Cape Town Residence – design by SAOTA – Stefan Antoni Olmesdahl Truen Architects

19 Jun 2016

Clifton House

Location: Clifton, Cape Town, South Africa

Design: SAOTA – Stefan Antoni Olmesdahl Truen Architects

Contemporary Cape Town Property

Clifton House Cape Town Property
photos : SAOTA & Adam Letch

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.

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“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.
Clifton House Cape Town Property

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.

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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.

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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.

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Nettleton Clifton House – Building Information

Project Name: Nettleton 195
Location: Clifton, Cape Town
Architects: SAOTA – Stefan Antoni Olmesdahl Truen Architects
Project Team: Greg Truen, Stefan Antoni & Jacques Prinsloo
Interior Design: Client
Main Furniture Supplier: OKHA Interiors
Completion Date: 2011
Photographs: SAOTA & Adam Letch

Nettleton Clifton Cape Town House
photo : SAOTA & Adam Letch

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