SAOTA studio visit
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may 26, 2013
SAOTA studio visit


SAOTA studio in cape town, south africa
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designboom has recently stopped by cape town, south africa, to visit the studio of award-winning firm SAOTA – stefan antoni olmesdahl truen architects,
founded in 1987 by partner stefan antoni. the directing partners, stefan antoni, philip olmesdahl and greg truen lead a practice of 90 interdisciplinary
individuals who are responsible for the characteristic high-end residences, as well as commercial and retail centers, hotels, and civic projects.
the three level studio resides above OKHA, their furniture and art design branch, with large windows and several terraces offering views out over
the city and unique landscape features such as the famous table mountain. a set of internal stairs connects the different levels acting as a light well
that further illuminates the lower spaces naturally.

 

 


reception
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entrance lounge
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view to the patio
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exterior view of the steppes
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view to the exterior / small artworks depicting their projects hang on the wall
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pin-up and meeting area
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their work combines dynamic structures with luxury interiors creating unique spaces that always engage in a dialogue with immediate
and distant exterior. a rich material palette can be found both inside and out, defining strong geometries with palpable textures and colors,
adding to the experience of inhabiting or simply observing the buildings. the projects are always designed to expose their typically
astounding sites and provide new angles and experiences, as well as creating a variety of ambiances within different zones of the projects.

 

 


‘head 1815′ in cape town, south africa
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see designboom’s coverage of the project here

 


‘st leon 10 residence’ interior design, cape town, south africa
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see designboom’s coverage of the project here

 

 

 

SAOTA works closely with their sister branches OKHA and AA interiors that give each project the same level of interior design detail
as it has on its exterior. OKHA specializes in individual furnishings and artworks that give a space character while AA interiors is responsible
for the larger scale of materiality and lighting – both of which are key factors in realizing a project. it is the well rounded nature of the studio
that allows them to create the many residences they do with the same attention to all building aspects.

 

 


‘plett 6541 + 2 ‘ in plettenberg bay, south africa
image courtesy of SAOTA
see designboom’s coverage of the project here

 


‘houghton MZ residence’ in johannesburg, south africa
image © adam letch and elsa young
see designboom’s coverage of the project here

 


‘la lucia’ in durban, south africa
image courtesy of SAOTA
see designboom’s coverage of the project here

 


conference table with (from left) stefan antoni / founding partner, director;  mark reilly/AA interiors;  philip olmesdahl/director;
greg truen/director;  adam court/OKHA associate
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(from left) stefan antoni / founding partner, director; mark reilly / AA interiors; philip olmesdahl/ director
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work spaces
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model building area
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staircase and the spaces around it are illuminated by natural light from the adjacent windows
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interior stairs
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exterior
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