‘head 1815’ by SAOTA, cape town, south africaall images courtesy of SAOTA




‘head 1815’, the elegant residence by south-african firm SAOTA gives a young couple a place to call home, overlooking the atlantic, the nearby town of fresnaye and the lion’s head mountain. the brief called for a home with separate guest accommodations, which were allocated to the ground floor in the form of three suites that share the space with the staff flatlet. due to the steep grade and local building restrictions, the home is raised upon stilts rather than embedded into the hillside.  the first floor contains the entry hall, accessible from the street by gentle steps that lead to a glass-roofed lobby. a large living room feeds into the dining area attached to a kitchen completely outfitted with imported german appliances. large sliding glass doors invite the inhabitants out to the pool area with retractable cover, floating above the stunning scenery. the second level contains the private master bedroom, dressing room and en-suite with the best views over the pool area and the nearby town.


a refined mix of materials define the orthogonal neutral-toned construction; smooth granite floors and wall slabs are seen throughout the project, balanced by its textured counterpart that play off the white plaster partitions. the solid planes that make up the folding exterior envelope and solid concrete walls are broken up by sections of slender aluminum louvers that also filter direct light into the open interior.



SAOTA: head 1815, cape townentrance from head street



SAOTA: head 1815, cape townswimming pool at the back of the site



SAOTA: head 1815, cape towninfinity pool



SAOTA: head 1815, cape townliving room open to the exterior



SAOTA: head 1815, cape townentry stairway



SAOTA: head 1815, cape townkitchen and dining/living



SAOTA: head 1815, cape townliving and dining rooms



SAOTA: head 1815, cape towngranite floors compliment the white washed external concrete partition and full-height glass envelope



SAOTA: head 1815, cape towntop floor bathroom




SAOTA: head 1815, cape town

SAOTA: head 1815, cape town
SAOTA: head 1815, cape town
SAOTA: head 1815, cape town
SAOTA: head 1815, cape town
SAOTA: head 1815, cape town



project info:



project name: head road 1815location: fresnaye, cape townarchitects: saota – stefan antoni olmesdahl truen architectsproject team: philip olmesdahl & stefan antoniinterior decor: client