SAOTA uses line to reframe the ocean at kloof 151 in cape town SAOTA uses line to reframe the ocean at kloof 151 in cape town
jul 21, 2013

SAOTA uses line to reframe the ocean at kloof 151 in cape town

SAOTA balances work and play at ‘kloof 151’ in cape town
image © SAOTA
all images courtesy of SAOTA




‘kloof 151’ is a private residence nestled into the verdant hills overlooking the clifton beaches in cape town, south africa. designed by local firm, SAOTA, the home is tectonically-rich system of dematerialized planes and expertly composed voids and masses. the upper level double height space opens up to a landing that invites in the expansive ocean horizon and carved coast. to the south, the study and meeting are separated from the main open plan living area, which extends outdoors with terraces to the north and west. cantilevered balconies and hardwood screens provide shade, tempering the exterior space for year-round occupancy. an in-ground swimming pool hovers over the northern corner and in effect, appears to flow into the ocean.



the sun-soaked main entrance provides a warm welcome
image © SAOTA 



terraces extended the living rooms outdoors, and horizontal wooden screens make it comfortable in the south-african sun
image © SAOTA



in intimate lounge overlooks the dense ‘fynbos’, natural fauna of the adjacent table mountain nature reserve
image © SAOTA



a double height space breaks up the open floor plan
image © SAOTA



the infinity pool wraps the northwest corner of the house
(left): looking east, native vegetation surrounds the terraces
(right): looking to the west, the edge of the pool appears to meet the ocean at sunset
image © SAOTA



overlooking clifton beaches as sunset
image © SAOTA



views of mountain slope and lion’s head to the north and west
image © SAOTA






project info:

project name: kloof 151
location: clifton, cape town
architects: saota – stefan antoni olmesdahl truen architects
project team: philip olmesdahl, stefan antoni & johann van der vyver
interior design: antoni associates
project team: mark rielly & ashleigh gilmour


  • These guys sure know what they are doing. Their work is beautiful and expensive.
    I do hope they contribute some of their energy and abundant resources to helping build schools in South Africa.
    Check out Bauen Fur Orange Farm and their schools.

    Dan says:
  • lets save the whales too

    dbkii says:

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