Designed originally for himself by respected South African architect Gilbert Colyn in 1969, it was inspired by two iconic modernist houses, namely that of Phillip Johnson’s 1949 Glass House and Mies van der Rohe’s 1951 Farnsworth House.
The house was purchased by architect Stefan Antoni, director at SAOTA, in 2013. By this stage it had reached a poor state of disrepair and featured numerous inappropriate alterations and additions totally out of character with the language of the building.
SAOTA’s careful and sensitive alterations and additions have returned the threatened building back to its original state, enhanced its overall composition and significantly refined the living experience to bring it up to date with contemporary living.
Changes were also effected to the exterior spatial configuration involving the relocation of the swimming pool from the darker mountain side to the sunny street sea view side, providing much needed privacy from the street.
This freed the courtyard to become a family garden planted with lawn and a row of Elderflower (Sambucus Nigra) trees running along a new linear water feature. The street interface was also substantially redesigned.
These changes have served to significantly augment the experience of the house relative to the landscape. It is noteworthy that when Colyn viewed the house after its completion, he was suitably impressed.
Cape Town, South Africa
Architects & Interior Architects:
SAOTA and Gilbert Colyn (1969)
Stefan Antoni and Leah Johnson
Moroff & Kühne
ARRCC and Home Owner
Tanya Bonello, Marti Kossatz, Michaela Rinaldi and Anton Smit
For more information:
Kirsty Kirsten, SAOTA Media Manager
W +27 21 468 4400
E [email protected]
Then there are quite a few OKHA products showcased in the house. Herewith a list:
Harvey Slope Sofa
Liaison Coffee Table
Movement Coffee Table
Burbuja Coffee Table
DC Dining Chair
STM Full Arm Swivel
Dejour Standing Lamp
All OKHA products are designed and manufactured by OKHA.
They are handmade, and can be customised according to client specifications, making them unique and of the utmost quality. They are available internationally.