Ville & Casali

AN INVERTED PYRAMID TO MAKE THE MOST OF THE VIEWS

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THIS DESCRIBES THE SHAPE OF THE ROOF DESIGNED BY THE SOUTH-AFRICAN STUDIO SAOTA TO ADMIRE THE SKY. AND IT IS NOT THE ONLY SOLUTION THAT THE VILLA EMPLOYS TO MAKE THE MOST OF THE STUNNING SCENERY

This large, 850-square metre family villa is located in Cape Town and benefits from an extraordin­ary view of Table Mountain, the flat-topped mountain that dominates the skyline of the South-African capital.

This describes the shape of the roof designed by the South-African studio Saota to admire the sky. And it is not the only solution that the villa employs to make the most of the stunning scenery

This large, 850-square metre family villa is located in Cape Town and benefits from an extraordin­ary view of Table Mountain, the flat-topped mountain that dominates the skyline of the South-African capital. Designed by SAOTA, it is home to the architect Greg Truen, founding member of this internatio­nal studio based in South Africa. He explains to Ville&Casali that he wanted to “create a home that makes the most of the surroundin­g natural landscape while obscuring the busy street and surroundin­g houses from view.”

The most powerful feature of the architectu­ral shell is the inverted pyramid roof that creates a skylight around the upper level, offering a spectacula­r view of the sky above the house. The busy street overlooked by the house has been obscured from view by a stone wall. This leads to a small entrance hall connected to a courtyard and garden. The house is spread over three floors.

The top floor houses the bespoke, open-plan, light-oak kitchen, dining room and lounge. The study and master bedrooms are on the middle floor, while the garage, gym, cinema and guest bedroom or on the bottom floor. Each floor has access to its own gardens and open spaces that extend towards the mountain, shielded from neighbouri­ng houses to intensify the connection to a lush and thriving natural landscape. The green spaces were designed by Franchesca Watson.

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