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

SAOTA: houghton MZ residence

‘houghton MZ residence’ by SAOTA, johannesburg, south africa image © adam letch and elsa young all images courtesy of SAOTA



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 image © adam letch and elsa young



courtyard and first residence image © adam letch and elsa young



swimming pool in the central courtyard image © adam letch and elsa young



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 image © adam letch and elsa young



interior living space image © adam letch and elsa young



view from the upstairs image © adam letch and elsa young



marble floors contrast the wooden separating wall image © adam letch and elsa young



smaller living area image © adam letch and elsa young



upstairs living room image © adam letch and elsa young



kitchen image © adam letch and elsa young



office image © adam letch and elsa young



bathroom image © adam letch and elsa young



bedroom with cloth backdrop image © adam letch and elsa young



floor plan / level 0



floor plan / level 1






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

  • mooo booo ooo… (= “most beautyful ever” with forever dropped jaw…), goodness gracious me…

    Bruno de Paris says:
  • NICE use of open yet private spaces
    thank you …

    Paedra says:
  • Nice what can be done with no-limit cost, however not my taste in “modern”, being flashy, busy, shiny chrome. Luxury to the max. Thanks for the look-see.

    mArkW says:
  • Realmente encantadora…

    Maria says:
  • I’m trying to find something, anything, that I don’t like about this incredible structure.
    The materials of construction, the carpets, the furniture, the wood, the furniture, the colors – yes; all jaw dropping.
    O.K., maybe the double recessed fixtures over the garage doors shouldn’t be spilling light
    onto the doors in such a brash manner and since the garage doors are meant to blend into the garage face
    why not light up the entire length of the garage face instead of calling attention to the doors which it seems
    one is wishing to subdue.
    Honestly, that all that I wondered about. It is all quite wonderful.
    I do not want to know what it all cost but it is an absolute joy to behold.
    Congratulations to all of the designers/architects involved and to the clients’ good taste.

    Ron Smith says:
  • Ron Smith took the words right out of my mouth. I was thinking the same thing. This is the first time that I have seen a home on Designboom where I liked every single aspect of that house. Nothing overshadows something else. Everything is beautiful and compliments everything else. This just goes to show you the result when one takes their time and really puts a lot of thought into what they are doing. Well done.

    Nicholaus says:

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