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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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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I tend to prefer modern architecture and interiors over the more classic ones, mainly because of the spaciousness and cleanliness when well designed. This beautiful house is designed by SAOTA and is located in the most exclusive street in Cape Town, South Africa.
In addition to breathtaking architecture, this residence boasts a stylish garden with outdoor living area set into the mountain face behind. The openness of the main living area to the terrace makes the seascape a major part of the interior.
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This breathtaking feature is a residence for a Senegalese family. It’s located on a cliffside overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and was designed and completed during this year. The architects are Saota – Stefan Antoni Olmesdahl Truen Architects and the interior design by ANTONI ASSOCIATES.
Villa Dakar Sow is a very prominent architectural structure which incorporates historical elements, a beautiful open plan, amazing view, and a sculptural staircase. The majority of the furniture, as with most luxury modern houses, is by Minotti.
‘Whilst the cliffside site presented an extraordinary opportunity for a house on the edge of Dakar’s CBD, the slowly eroding nature of the cliff face required a very carefully considered structural solution.’ says Greg Truen, Project Partner, ‘resulting in a building design that seemed to float off the cliff’s edge’.
The Kitchen is an open kitchen with a separate traditional kitchen as well as the garage. From the Entrance one moves past the sculptural circular stair to the Entertainment Room and the double volume Family Lounge which connects up with a floating stair to the upper level Pajama Lounge. The Main and the two children’s bedrooms are placed on this upper level.
The Main Bedroom Suite opens up onto a large terrace which is the roof of the more formal living wing of the house and the element which projects over to the ocean. The Main Bathroom opens into a private garden and outdoor shower situated over the garages.
One of the features of the house is the spiral staircase, clad in stainless steel, while the treads are clad in white granite. To add to the sense of continuity between the levels the 20mm in diameter stainless steel rods run from the first floor handrail to the lower ground floor, thus making the stairwell look like a sculptural steel cylinder. A skylight above the stairwell as well as floor to ceiling glazing in the lounges adds to the sense of transparency.
“Throughout the villa, modern works of art, many of which are from the client’s private collection, sit comfortably within this luxury residence, creating an intention that is decidedly sleek and contemporary” says Mark Rielly of ANTONI ASSOCIATES.
Source: Saota Blog