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Yzerfontein / SAOTA

Yzerfontein / SAOTA

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Swartland, South Africa
  • Architects: SAOTA
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  828
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2006
  • Photographs Photographs:  Stefan Antoni

Text description provided by the architects. The clients: a couple from New York building a holiday home in the Southern hemisphere for summer vacations. Aware of contemporary architectural trends, they requested a sculptured building with clean horizontal lines, large areas of glass and screens creating a space that is ‘open as well as private’. Their brief was a 2-bedroomed home with indoor / outdoor living spaces and a studio to be used in their photographic and film related occupations.

© Stefan Antoni
© Stefan Antoni

One of the few remaining sea-front stretches on the West Coast to be developed. Passing through the sleepy residential area of Yzerfontein one heads back South towards Cape Town. The site is one of a prize number located immediately behind the never-ending line of dunes. The climate on the West Coast can at times be idyllic and other times extremely harsh.

© Stefan Antoni
© Stefan Antoni

To maximize the views of the sea and waves over the dunes, the Ground Floor living areas were elevated above natural ground level. The L-shaped concept of two intersecting rectangular forms allow two full glazed sides to face the view and at the same time create a sheltered courtyard overlooking a long, rectangular pool. Sculptured rectangular forms, linear elements, expansive areas of horizontal glazing, sliding timber screens and the feature fireplace are the principal elements of the design.

© Stefan Antoni
© Stefan Antoni

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Cite: "Yzerfontein / SAOTA" 03 Apr 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/122168/yzerfontein-saota> ISSN 0719-8884
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