SAOTA Builds Heavenly Bliss on Victoria’s Coast
South African architects SAOTA have created a family respite from the cares of the world in this little slice of heaven on Bantry Bay in Cape Town; Victoria 73.
Bantry Bay is a popular resort area and the brief was to maximize the views on the constrained site, so all the views are to the front.
There had been a dwelling there, but as is often the case with older buildings built in what are now sought-after resort areas – the former dwelling somehow overlooked the advantages of the stunning site.
Built as a stepped “cliff front” facade, rooms above and below also command the sea views.
The firm of Stefan, Antonio, Olmesdahl and Truen Architects – SAOTA – has succeeded in realizing the brief to maximize the experience of the cliffside outlook across the water.
The design is the epitome of elegance and luxury and great outdoor living: a far cry from the previous house, which is kept in part, to the back, but is now illegal as building code requirements have moved on.