On South Africa’s West Coast, a part­ner in an award­win­ning ar­chi­tec­tural firm de­signs a site-spe­cific home



“It all came to­gether very eas­ily; things nat­u­rally fit­ted into place,” ex­plains ar­chi­tect Greg Truen (of the ac­claimed firm SAOTA Ar­chi­tec­ture and De­sign) about the process be­hind his and wife Liz’s hol­i­day home at Sil­ver Bay along South Africa’s West Coast. “It was dic­tated firstly by the site it­self, which drops down to­wards the sea. Choos­ing to lo­cate the liv­ing area on the up­per level to max­imise the views and to see the shore­line, and plac­ing the bed­rooms and a play­room down­stairs for a walk-to-the-beach con­nec­tion, was al­most au­to­matic.”

More than that, the cou­ple wanted the en­tire up­stairs area (in­doors and out) to en­joy as close a re­la­tion­ship as pos­si­ble with the un­sur­pass­able ocean views and the nat­u­ral sur­round­ings of beach, sea, dunes and fyn­bos. This ex­tended to cre­at­ing wind-free out­door liv­ing spa­ces that com­mu­ni­cate di­rectly with the in­ter­nal en­vi­ron­ment and are also con­nected to the greater nat­u­ral con­text. “We wanted to treat the en­tire space as a sin­gle room, so the ef­fect on en­ter­ing was of walk­ing into one large space, with the sea dom­i­nat­ing ev­ery­thing,” ex­plains Greg. “Many of the de­sign de­ci­sions were made purely to ex­pand the mag­nif­i­cent views and to bring in light and the nat­u­ral sur­round­ings as far as we could.”

An­other con­sid­er­a­tion was no less im­por­tant: to re­fer back to tra­di­tional West Coast ver­nac­u­lar ar­chi­tec­ture without com­pro­mis­ing the con­tem­po­rary aesthetics and modernist lines. And from the pro­tected pool court­yard on the north­ern side of the house to the stepped glaz­ing of the down­stairs bed­rooms, and to the rus­tic thatched roof, all of this has been has been achieved and more.

Bleached poplar beams sup­port the open roof, soft­en­ing the flamed gran­ite floor­ing that echoes the nat­u­ral boul­ders so typ­i­cal of this stretch of un­spoilt coast­line. By us­ing steel tie beams in­stead of hor­i­zon­tal tim­ber beams to sup­port the roof, Greg has cre­ated a gen­er­ous dou­ble-vol­ume space flooded by light from roof-height tri­an­gu­lar win­dows. Lime-washed oak walls fur­ther the

坐落於南非西岸銀灣的度假別墅優美宜人,是建築師Greg Tru­en和妻子Liz的美好家園。來自知名建築事務所SAOTA Ar­chi­tec­ture and De­sign的負責人向我們分享設計背後的基本概念:「誠言,創作根據實際的環境因素而定,自然和諧的風格隨即應運而生。由於建築本身沿斜坡而建,設計團隊將客廳配置到上層,而睡房和遊戲室則位處下層。如此一來,巧妙安排的空間規劃既能引進海景和海岸線,也能完美連接通往海灘的小道。」



or­ganic, soft­en­ing ef­fect of the thatch, while steel and wrought-iron el­e­ments keep the house firmly within the mod­ern id­iom.

Spa­ces are ex­pan­sive yet dis­tinct; the palette is un­com­pli­cated, drawn from the nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment; sim­ple fur­nish­ings are over­sized, tac­tile and cho­sen to en­hance ab­so­lute re­lax­ation. But it’s the con­nec­tion with the land­scape that is the house’s most strik­ing, dom­i­nant fea­ture. At any turn, it’s im­pos­si­ble to for­get for a moment that de­spite be­ing just a two-hour drive from Cape Town, this is an en­tirely dif­fer­ent world.

It’s one of huge, empty land­scapes and of pun­gent sea air, with a soundtrack of crash­ing waves, gen­tle breezes, rustling grasses and the oc­ca­sional deep, dark notes of a dra­matic foghorn. It’s a world where tor­toises plod along sandy tracks, where small an­te­lope wan­der into the indige­nous gar­den to for­age for tasty




suc­cu­lents, and where un­in­ter­rupted views of­fer sight­ings of en­demic Heav­i­side’s dolphins, south­ern right whales and sev­eral bird species. And it’s no less re­mark­able that the house so eas­ily blends into and be­comes a part of that same world.

Off-shut­ter con­crete ceil­ings echo the tex­tures of sand and rock on the beach be­low, while open glassed gables in the roof-ends pro­vide a mov­ing-pic­ture show of clouds and sky. Sisal car­pets, the tent-like thatch and tim­ber (such as the lime-washed oak walls and doors) bring in the softer nat­u­ral fauna el­e­ments of the sur­round­ing reeds and grasses. A large con­i­cal mass of corten


steel forms the pivot of the up­stairs space; with its rusted sur­face, it wouldn’t look out of place on one of the weath­ered ocean-go­ing trawlers that lan­guidly pass along the hori­zon.

“It doesn’t hap­pen of­ten,” muses Greg, “that a house so quickly and eas­ily, so straight­for­wardly, falls into place – when ev­ery­thing just fits and feels right.” Look­ing around, one knows ex­actly what he means. //



TEX­TURED SUR­ROUNDS Tac­tile fur­nish­ings, as in the Sisal car­pet and wo­ven seat­ing HOME AND around HEARTH this liv­ing area, Bought by Jo's par­ents in 2000, the lend a re­laxed, sea­side vibe to town­house is now home to Jo and his the home. wife Eleonore, daugh­ter Tat­tou and dog Nel­son on the top floor. The bot­tom豐富質感floor is a bed-and-break­fast where Jo's客廳有各款不同造型的裝置傢zany vision un­folds in all its glory.具,劍麻地毯和編織坐椅為家園注入愜意無比的海洋魅力。美好家園這個住宅由雙親購於2000年,上層是設計師Jo與妻子Eleonore、女兒Tat­tou和小狗Nel­son共度良辰的悠閒安樂窩,而下層則是充滿玩味裝飾的酒店。

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