One of the world’s most popular architecture firm Saota, has designed a beautiful residence again known as the First Crescent residence. Modern and minimal in design, this house has breathtaking views and is making the most of them. Almost transparent, this house has the ocean almost incorporated within the design, there is no need for lavish decorations.
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The interior design of Clouds Estate is done by Suzy Vissers in collaboration with Moooi. I tried to find more info on the designer but it seems she is affiliated with Moooi. The estate overlooks stunning views of the Drakenstein and Simonsberg Mountains. This boutique vineyard estate offers 5-star luxury in the heart of the Stellenbosch/Franschhoek Winelands. Furniture was mainly supplied by Moooi and outdoor furniture by B&B Italia.
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Modern interiors have always been my preference due to the fact that I am not a fan of anything complicated. I am, however, a big fan of incorporating trends in a classic way that would live through the times. In this particular house the use of timber prevailed in the design and though might seem much, i found the materials and colors used very coherent and subtle. The warm wood, cold cement, and custom made furniture following the shapes in the house were blended beautifully. The number of bedrooms is quite intriguing as well. Below you will find the description of the space as written by the interior designers themselves.
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Just like there was a time all I could see were great projects by A-Cero, it seems now SAOTA are just breeding beautiful residences in Cape Town, South Africa. Their designs have become very popular because of their use of several complementing finishes, such as stone, concrete, wood, and massive glass areas which allow plenty of light inside. This is their Glen 2961 Project, completed in 2012.
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Stefan Antoni Olmesdahl True Architects (SAOTA) known as one of the leading architectural firms in the world, has just completed a wonderful villa in Johannesburg, South Africa. Just when you thought they can’t do a better job, the outdid themselves with this breathtaking property known as the 6th 1448 Houghton ZM project.
Architecturally, residences in South Africa have similar layouts in terms of a U-Shape architecture surrounding a central courtyard comprising the swimming pool and access to various parts of the house. This project was no different. What differentiates this particular residence is the fact that the interior design firm Antoni Associates and SAOTA both collaborated perfectly where you feel none overpowered the other. In many projects we see the focus may be on the architecture but the interior is usually dealt with minimally. Here there are details, various use of materials and interior finishes which I thought is what made the project feel more complete.
A number of bespoke furniture pieces were designed by OKHA Interiors, a company they usually work with, while other pieces were from well known brands such as Minotti.
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This 4000 m2 property is located in Bryanston, South Africa , the beautiful villa is designed by Nico Van Der Meulen. The splendor lies in its magnificent scale yet light impression, the transparency and horizontal span of its structure helps with that. This has to be one of the most residential villas with open spaces and amazing views surrounding it from every angle.
Upon entering through the gatehouse you look down the sloping driveway with several large cantilevers protruding from the building, some in rust, other areas clad with unfilled travertine, and an atrium behind a mentis grating screen.
Next to the front door a large reflective koi pond flows over a retaining wall next to the drive way, with an illuminated glass staircase behind a two story curtain wall in the background. The lift shaft forms a strong vertical element finished in rust behind the pond. All of this is framed by a cantilevered concrete beam. The staircase behind the koi pond is a double glass construction, with lights between the two layers of glass. Above the lower garage a huge cantilevered structure hangs out, suspended by beams built into its roof.
The house was designed around three massive trees, one at the tennis court, and the other two on the east side of the house. The view from the hall towards the east is into one of these trees, framed by a large sliding window in the kitchen.
The kitchen, breakfast room and family room leads seamlessly through wall to wall frameless sliding doors onto the patio, with the dining room situated behind the family room, sharing a fireplace with the family room. When the doors are open, the family room, breakfast room, open and covered patio and kitchen becomes one large area. Parts of the dining room floor is glass, with a view down into the koi pond, and two huge lights from M Square are suspended over the dining room table.
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