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  7. Dakar Sow House / SAOTA

Dakar Sow House / SAOTA

  • 01:00 - 21 July, 2011
Dakar Sow House / SAOTA
Dakar Sow House / SAOTA, Courtesy of SAOTA
Courtesy of SAOTA

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Dakar, Senegal
  • Architects

    SAOTA / Stefan Antoni, Greg Truen & Juliet Kavishe
  • Area

    1402.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of SAOTA

From the architect. Brief

Situated on a cliff side overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, Villa Sow in Dakar was completed in 2011, with SAOTA (Stefan Antoni Olmesdahl Truen Architects) as the Architects and ANTONI ASSOCIATES doing the Interior Decor. The house was designed for a Senegalese businessman and his young family.

Courtesy of SAOTA
Courtesy of SAOTA

Site

Built on the site of an old World War Two bunker and on the edge of a cliff, Villa Sow is the result of a careful analysis of the sites parameters and opportunities. Part of the old bunker has been retained and a portion of it now houses an underground cinema that opens up into a water courtyard in the entrance of the house, and is connected back to the house via a timber panelled walkway towards a spiral staircase that runs from the lower ground to the first floor level of the villa.

Courtesy of SAOTA
Courtesy of SAOTA

‘Whilst the cliff side site presented an extraordinary opportunity for a house on the edge of Dakar’s CBD the slowly eroding nature of the cliff face required a very carefully considered structural solution.’ says Greg Truen, resulting in a building design that seemed to float off the cliff’s edge.

Courtesy of SAOTA
Courtesy of SAOTA

Approach

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Courtesy of SAOTA

The ground floor of the house is designed to facilitate convenient entertainment both indoor s and outdoors and is furnished to enjoy panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean, and the pool terrace area. With articulated terraces, bequeathing each room an unfettered view of the sea, it’s no wonder that the main reference point of the house is the hallway from the study area to the kitchen, with all rooms extending from it. The orientation of the rooms in the house is all based on the best ocean views.

Courtesy of SAOTA
Courtesy of SAOTA

The study / office sits in a separate block joined to the main house by a hallway. Under the study/office sits a separate fully contained guest room, sitting on the very edge of the cliff, alongside which sits a private gym and reflecting pond. The main house has a lounge with a double volume space, a top of the range kitchen, barbecue terrace and pool terrace, as well as a gaming/family room.

Courtesy of SAOTA
Courtesy of SAOTA

A main feature in the house is the spiral staircase, clad in stainless steel, and the treads made of white granite. To add to the grandeur of this architectural element, there are 20mm in diameter stainless steel rods running from the first floor handrail to the lower ground floor, thus making the stairwell look like a sculptural steel tube.

Courtesy of SAOTA
Courtesy of SAOTA

The first floor houses the children and master bedroom. Clerestories and aluminium screens, coax illumination alongside the carefully framed north eastern views. A skylight above the stairwell and floor to ceiling glazing in the lounges add to the sense of transparency. The master suite opens up into a terrace with views of the ocean in the south western direction, and a private garden with an outdoor shower in the north eastern direction. The result is a cleaver and sophisticated hierarchy of spaces, each room situated to take full advantage of indoor-outdoor living.

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Cite: "Dakar Sow House / SAOTA" 21 Jul 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/151795/dakar-sow-house-soata/>
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43 Comments

Robert · February 07, 2013

i'm sorry, but this is a HOUSE? please change the name tu mansion. hahaha

Juan Camilo · April 02, 2012

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Juan Raices · April 02, 2012

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ARGOS · April 02, 2012

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Jean-Pierre Pérusse · March 31, 2012

ARCHITECTURE : Maison à Dakar ! Ouch ! http://t.co/PmmfWot0

Hennessey + Ingalls · March 31, 2012

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Cihan Kaygusuz · August 30, 2011

What a beautiful architecture! SAOTA! :)

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ethan · July 27, 2011

beautiful work from SAOTA! They are one of the best architectural firms in the world. Too bad we couldn't see the ground floor plan. Images are great and the real completed project.

JM · July 27, 2011

It's too busy. It's as thought the architect wanted to do every cool thing they'd seen in the last years worth of Architectural Digest.

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CENTRO de NEGOCIOS · July 22, 2011

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TDC · July 22, 2011

SOATA or SAOTA ?

chris · July 22, 2011

why not try every trick in the book? I mean, really...

silentbee · July 22, 2011 03:05 PM

My first thought, too.

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Spacer Nix · July 21, 2011

Too precise.

oldschool · July 21, 2011

fantastic renderings - but if the project is completed, it would be nice to see actual photos of the finished work instead of renders...

R Goldschmidt · July 22, 2011 03:39 PM

Those are renderings, or I'm blind? I look carefully at all the pics, and I think those are real.

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