A new project by South African studio SAOTA, in Cape Town, a villa furnished with international and local design

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Facade of a villa in Cape Town, project by SAOTA. Photos Adam Letch and Stefan Antoni

The villa, designed by SAOTA architects, is located in Clifton, a residential suburb of Cape Town, South Africa, one of the most expensive and exclusive areas in South Africa.

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Villa in Cape Town, project by SAOTA. Photos Adam Letch and Stefan Antoni

The Beyond residence, on different levels, stands on a steep hill, descending to the white sand beaches of Cape Town.

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Villa in Clifton, Cape Town, design by studio SAOTA. Photo Adam Letch and Stefan Antoni

The external facade is clad in aluminium, which underlines the mass of the built volume, inspired by rationalism. The light and shade of the atrium, where a corten steel and glass staircase connects the different floors of the house, gradually fades once you enter the house. The space is in half-light on the ground floor, and rich in natural light on the upper floor.

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Living room in a villa in Cape Town, designed by SAOTA, interiors by ARRCC and OKHA. Photos Adam Letch and Stefan Antoni

On the lower levels are six large bedrooms, three of which are interconnected, and an entertainment space housing a spa, play area and cinema.

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The living room and kitchen open space, villa in Cape Town, project by SAOTA studio, interiors by ARRCC and OKHA. Photo Adam Letch and Stefan Antoni

Upstairs, a large open space double-height houses the kitchen, a bar, a dining room, living room, other bedrooms, and on the mezzanine level, a winter lounge with fireplace and two offices. Outside, the garden opens directly onto the Table Mountain National Park, while on the other side the pool extends towards the Atlantic Ocean.

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Master bedroom in a villa in Cape Town, project by studio SAOTA, interiors by ARRCC and OKHA. Photos Adam Letch and Stefan Antoni

The floors are in concrete, the ceiling of the upper floor is in wood. In every room of the house, fascinating pieces of art and modern design works produced by local South African artists are exhibited.

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Villa in Cape Town, project by SAOTA, interior design by ARRCC and OKHA. Photos Adam Letch and Stefan Antoni

In the kitchen there’s a collection of masks from central and western Africa, in the atrium there is the tapestry by Paul Blomkamp and the sculpture by Paul Edmunds; in the playground there is the “Blowfish” by Porky Hefer, many paintings by Charles Gassner and baskets and statues by local artists that evoke the customs and traditions of the place.

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Lounge Bar in a villa in Clifton, Cape Town, designed by SAOTA, interiors by ARRCC and OKHA. Photos Adam Letch and Stefan Antoni

Interiors are designed by ARRCC and OKHA, interior design practices based in Cape Town, which placed pieces by italian and international design to furnish the rooms.

[Text Carlotta Russo]

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