Kloof 119A by SAOTA

A family house with its inverted pyramid roof capturing the spectacular views of Cape Town

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This SAOTA designed family home is positioned below Lion’s Head; with views of Table Mountain, Lion’s Head, Signal Hill, the city of Cape Town and the mountains of the Boland and the winelands in the distance, the architecture is shaped to take in as much of the surrounding as is possible. The strongest gesture is the inverted pyramid roof which creates a clerestory window around the upper level. It allows the building to open up, capturing views of Table Mountain and Lion’s Head that would otherwise have been lost.  This has also opened up views of the sky bringing the sun and moon into the home, heightening the connection to nature and its cycles.

▼倒金字塔形的屋顶构成了建筑最明显的特征,the strongest gesture is the inverted pyramid roof which creates a clerestory window around the upper level


The house presents a stone wall, built in a traditional Cape way, to the busy city street that it sits on, revealing very little about its interior. At night, the inverted pyramid roof glows creating a giant light box adding to the intrigue.  One enters the house through the large metal front door, which sits between the house proper and the stone wall, into a small entrance lobby connected to a courtyard garden.

▼金属入口大门介于石墙和房屋之间,the large metal front door sits between the house proper and the stone wall


▼入口门厅,entrance lobby

▼细部,detailed view


From this restrained quiet space a few steps take you up into the living space with its cinematic bold views over the city. The house is arranged on three levels. The top level has the strongest views and holds most of the living spaces; the open-plan kitchen, dining room and lounge. The family’s work and bedroom spaces are on the mid-level with the garage, gym, cinema and guest room on the lower level.

▼从庭院望向建筑,view from the courtyard

▼装有巨大玻璃门的起居室与庭院相连, connected to the courtyard, the living space with cinematic bold views over the city

▼休闲空间,leisure area

▼倒金字塔屋顶为顶层空间带来环绕式的天窗,the inverted pyramid roof creates a clerestory window around the upper level

▼餐厅和厨房,dining area and kitchen


▼屋顶泳池平台,pool terrace

▼顶层休闲室夜景,lounge night view


Each level has its own set of gardens and courtyards. These gardens extend from the mountain surface down against the house, screening the neighbouring buildings and intensifying the relationship with nature; allowing light and air into spaces that would otherwise be dark and isolated.

▼从室内望向庭院,view to the courtyard from interior

▼花园和庭院使建筑与自然的关系变得更加亲密,the gardens and courtyards intensify the relationship with nature


The dark exterior breaks down the mass of the building pushing it into the background. Internally, colours are muted and the use of a washed oak gives the spaces warmth.

▼浅色水洗橡木为空间赋予温暖特质,the use of a washed oak gives the spaces warmth


室内空间采用了OKHA品牌的家具,包括Hunt沙发和Nate、Nicci Nouveau扶手椅等。摆放在顶层庭院的Planalto餐桌成为了空间中的焦点,可以用作工作区或私人空间。 休闲区的To Be One和Lean On Me落地灯也是由OKHA提供。

The sophisticated spaces were furnished using OKHA furniture. The Hunt Sofa, the Nate, Nicci Nouveau, Vince and Miles Armchairs are placed on the upper and middle levels and the Planalto Dining Table creates a focal point adjacent to the second floor courtyard, which is used as a working/personal space. OKHA also provided the To Be One and Lean On Me floor lamps in the lounge area.


▼楼梯空间,stair wells

▼首层平面图,ground floor plan

▼二层平面图,first floor plan

▼三层平面图,second floor plan

▼屋顶平面图,roof plan

Project name: Kloof 119A
Project Location: Cape Town, South Africa
Architects: SAOTA
Project Team: Greg Truen, Dov Goldring & Jaco Bruwer, Ian Cox and Puja Patel
Structural Engineers: Moroff & Kühne Consulting Engineers
Quantity Surveyor: SBDS Quantity Surveyors
Main Contractor: Gossow & Harding Construction Pty (Ltd)
Interior Décor: OKHA
Landscaping: Franchesca Watson Garden Designer
Project Photographer: Adam Letch & Micky Hoyle

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