Some locations in the world are so paramount that an architectural structure placed there must rise to the perfection of the setting to become relevant. The ridge at the end of Ocean View Drive in Cape Town South Africa is just such a location. This is where you will find one of the most spectacularly stunning examples of modern contemporary architecture today. This triumph of sculptural open plan luxury living encapsulating expansive 360-degree mountain and ocean views of Lion’s Head, Table Mountain, the Twelve Apostles, Clifton, Bantry Bay, Robben Island as well as the lights of Fresnaye and Sea Point all the way to Mouille Point and beyond, this remarkable residence will simply take your breath away.
The layering of the house permits different experiences in difference spaces. On arrival at a mid-level one is lured through the main garage with its double volume and graffiti walls towards the shaft of light and splash of landscaping emanating from the glazed entrance area beyond. Sculptural timber clad stairs wrap themselves around a centrally positioned glass lift and take one to the upper levels of the house. The secondary spaces are positioned at the lower levels with care to limit excavation. From the road these levels are concealed by a large North facing landscape wall, its customized angular design achieves a natural result. Strategically positioned penetrations within the landscape wall permit natural light and ventilation to the rooms beyond but glazing is set back and thereby concealed. The building is limited to only two storeys above the ridge. The main living areas, pool terrace and garden are below with the family bedrooms strategically positioned at the uppermost level for privacy. From the main stairs the linearity of the customized cast bronze coffee bar leads one into the heart of the home. The Kitchen in turn spills into the dining room and the summer lounge with its high ceiling of ribbed concrete. The winter lounge is also adjacent to the kitchen but this time the ceiling is lower, framing the view, which together with the centrally positioned fireplace creates an intimate space for more informal gatherings.
Offering multi-million dollar panoramic views from nearly every room, the designs absence of structure allows the interior space to connect seamlessly to the exterior with a spectacularly dramatic pre-cast concrete canopy and louvered roof creating a continuous effect to the edge of the property with the lounge being part of both the interior and the exterior of this amazing residence. At first glance, this incredible seaside home appears to be fused to the landscape and blend right into the South African coastline. Throughout each level, boundaries are blurred and a wonderful continuity between internal and external living is exposed. This is truly a house for all seasons that plays off the mood of the climate and surrounding landscape. This is “the trophy residence” that defines South African luxury living.
|Name||OVD 919 Villa|
|Type||Ultra Modern Contemporary|
|Size||21,775 sq. ft. (2,022.95 m²)|
|Lot||30,989 sq. ft. (2,878.95 m²)|
|Land||0.71 acres (0.29 hectares)|
|Address||401 Ocean View Dr, Bantry Bay, Cape Town, South Africa|
|Architect||SAOTA – Stefan Antoni Olmesdahl Truen Architects|