SAOTA: houghton MZ residence
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nov 09, 2012
SAOTA: houghton MZ residence


‘houghton MZ residence’ by SAOTA, johannesburg, south africa
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designed for a large extended family in johannesburg, the ‘houghton residence’ by south african firm SAOTA boasts a greater number of inhabitants
while maintaining their individual privacy. the U-shaped footprint, organized around a central open-air courtyard with a swimming pool,
is split into essentially two residences with a shared entrance and driveway. the slight slope of the site creates an exterior yard that sits lower
than the entrance level. a spiral stair case marks the pivot point of the dwelling, with living spaces and kitchen on the north side for natural light
and the game rooms, pool and gym are to the west. a mostly black steel frame structure with round columns and expansive thermal glass walls
make up the primary structure, with glossy marble floors and hard clean edges. large metal perforated screens help block out the setting sun and
create layers of opacity in the transparent elevation. softer wood-paneled ceilings and sculpted interior walls add a sense of warmth to the neutral color palette.

 

 


view from the yard towards the courtyard
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courtyard and first residence
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swimming pool in the central courtyard
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image © adam letch and elsa young

 

 


image © adam letch and elsa young

 

 


image © adam letch and elsa young

 

 


image © adam letch and elsa young

 

 


spiral staircase as a central pivoting point around which all spaces are organized
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interior living space
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view from the upstairs
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marble floors contrast the wooden separating wall
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smaller living area
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upstairs living room
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kitchen
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office
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bathroom
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bedroom with cloth backdrop
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floor plan / level 0

 

 


floor plan / level 1

 

 


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project info:

 

 

project name: 6th 1448 houghton zm
location: houghton, johannesburg
architects: saota – stefan antoni olmesdahl truen architects
project team: greg truen & ina fourie
interior design: antoni associates
project team: mark rielly, ashleigh gilmour & sarika jacobs
completion date: 2012

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