Bakoven, Cape Town
The site for this home sits is on a quiet ridge with the Atlantic Ocean on one side, and Table Mountain and Oudekraal National Reserve on the other. The Reserve is home to the iconic 12 Apostles mountain range stretching all the way down to Llandudno to the South.
The design aims to sit unpretentiously within this spectacular landscape, and to not compete with the dramatic natural elements that surround it; a home drawing less attention to itself, and more to the place it inhabits.
Our response to this site was: to maximise sea views to the North West; protect from winds coming predominantly from the South East; use building orientation, careful massing and positioning of vegetation, to block out any surrounding buildings – all with the aim of creating a private sanctuary at one with the sea and with the mountain. We have used Table Mountain granite to clad the retaining wall on the mountain side of the site to connect the mountain with the garden. On the other side, the pool connects the site to the expansive sea views.
The house itself is conceived of as a steel box; a bedroom wing raised off the ground so as to maximise the garden and outside space. This is supported on a concrete box element which houses the living and entertainment spaces.