Set on the Fresnaye slopes of Lion’s Head, Cape Town, the house has a strong visible presence as one approaches along Ocean View Drive. The powerful organic shapes of the architecture are based on the strong rock formations and curving language of the mountain. Every view of the house reflects a different element of the landscape and has been designed for a specific function. Horizontal planes have been emphasized through the circulation, while round and rectangular forms complement each other in the façades.
The existing house had to be reworked to synthesize and harmonize its shapes. The original house did not have any direct link with the mountain. The abundance of special views in addition to access to the mountain road above created the opportunity of remodeling the entire entrance.
This enabled the new penthouse and indeed the rest of the house to open up to the mountain and its spectacular views. The creation of the entrance from Head Road was one of the most significant aspects of the project. The glazed feature double volume entry space with its magnificent spiral staircase has elevated the house to the spectacular.
The faceted mirror in the round room creates a sense of illusion and pleasant confusion. It creates a relaxed and dreamy mood in the space. Inspired by the client’s copper pot collection, the kitchen is filled with warm tones and copper tiles.
A special custom-designed hanger was made for pots to show off the main inspiration. The penthouse living area has proven to be very successful. It is a space that the clients particularly enjoy.
This living area is a seamless structure with limited slender supports and wide glass sliding doors completely integrating it with the landscape and vistas beyond. When the doors are open, the boundary between the inside and outside disappears.
The original top level had severe structural constraints and had to be demolished. With careful planning, the existing shapes of the house were worked into a new sculptural façade that sits in harmony with the natural environment.