South African based Architects, SAOTA – Stefan Antoni Olmesdahl Truen Architects, is driven by the dynamic combination of Stefan Antoni, Philip Olmesdahl and Greg Truen who share a potent vision easily distinguished in their buildings and an innovative and dedicated approach to the execution of projects internationally, nationally and locally. SAOTA is a firm of approximately 90 talented architectural designers and technicians including an in-house CGI and marketing team and a strong support of administrative staff.
De Wet 34 is a contemporary residence on the slopes of Lions Head, overlooking the Atlantic coastline. Natural finishes combine with bold simple forms to create a contemporary interpretation of Cape vernacular. Interiors by Antoni Associates and OKHA. The brief was to create a modern home decoration with all the spectacle of an Atlantic Seaboard showpiece but also to respond to the practical needs of family life and to create a feeling of sanctuary.
The Family room, placed on the mountain side of the courtyard garden, provides for cocooned living while the double volume Living and Dining area on the sea side is more dramatic, with its rippling concrete feature fireplace wall and commanding views.
This ocean fronting section is a soaring space anchored by concrete and rock – a five-tonne cocktail bar of rough-hewn granite holds down one side of the living space. Although sea-oriented, with the pool terrace to the west, the main Living area also opens onto the courtyard garden on the east, with access to both by the way of sliding glass doors which open up so completely that it’s little more than a roofed outdoor space.