First Crescent by Saota

Cape Town, South Africa

A minimalist home, commanding a 270 degree view of Lions Head, Camps Bay and the Atlantic Ocean, the living spaces of this home are highly transparent to take full advantage of these views.

The double storey house was positioned centrally on the site, where it starts to widen towards the north which basically cut the property in half resulting in a very large south facing front garden. The existing house was entirely demolished except for the small basement area which was converted into a guest suite with special views of its own.

The challenge with the site was its shape; it is 50m long and only 20m wide. The response was quite striking due to its strong lines, yet created difficulties in how to accommodate all the rooms without creating a dull layout.

The property and the plan of the house focused on Camps Bay beach, and the views of Lion’s Head in a Northerly direction. There are also great views back to The Twelve Apostles and the Cable Station. To capitalize on the views, meant that the design also needed to respond to issues of privacy with the neighbour’s property. Clerestory frameless glazing (skylights) replaced structure and framed views which might otherwise have been missed.

From interior, the crescent vacation house have the living spaces are highly transparent to take full advantage of the views. The architecture is notable for its use of cantilevers, linear arrangement and limited palette of materials.”

First Crescent can be booked for $1,500 to $5,000 per day, depending on the season.

Cape Town, South Africa

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