Named Beachyhead, this complex modern residence by SAOTA makes the most of its privileged location in Plettenberg Bay, South Africa. The site slopes down to the beach and has uninterrupted views over the Indian Ocean, Robberg to the South East and the Outeniqua Mountains in the distance towards the North.

The clients approached SAOTA to design a family holiday home that responded to the site, especially the views. “They wanted a relaxing, yet elegant home that would be comfortable when entertaining many guests whilst also feeling intimate and cozy when few people are around”, said director and project leader Phillippe Fouché. 

The house was conceived as a simple box, floating over the dune, capturing and framing the views. The outer shell of the box is finished in a rough textured concrete, contrasting with the smooth reveal and soffit that tapers to create a delicate frame.

All living spaces are concealed on the lower level, with the bedroom wing floating above. The stone plinth below accommodates a games room, large guest suite, audio-visual room and service spaces behind.

The main bedroom is placed on the higher part of the upper level to take advantage of the ocean views. All bedrooms’ en-suite bathrooms and dressing rooms open up to the ocean views. Timber shutters provide privacy to the gallery-like bedroom passage, while protecting the façade from the afternoon sun. [Photography by Adam Letch; information provided by SAOTA]