Clifton 2A Residence is an impressive contemporary project recently completed by studio SAOTA in Clifton, an affluent suburb of Cape Town in South Africa. Built on a spectacular, yet challenging site, the massive home comes with 270° views of the Atlantic Ocean, Camps Bay and the Twelve Apostles beyond. The clients’ brief requested a flexible family getaway that would cleverly respond to its environment: “Due to the steepness of the site and the resultant excavation, the structural frame of the house virtually follows the natural ground level – this inherent drama was expressed as part of the overall aesthetic of the house”, says Tamaryn Fourie Project Leader.

According to the architects, the key strategy to create a generous level for principal living rooms was to elevate the main level on a plinth comprising of guest bedrooms and secondary spaces such as the Gym, Study, Garage and all plant This Ground Floor is partially set into the steep site thereby maximizing the living level and raising it above the noisy provincial road. The First and Second Floors were then set back, fragmented and rotated to create a central but sheltered external terrace. A glass bridge forms the link between the fragmented structures at the upper levels and permits North sunlight to shine between the bedroom wings and into the central areas on the South side of the house. [Photos and information provided via e-mail by SAOTA]