7 Calais Rd, Seapoint, Cape Town
This picturesque site on the Atlantic Seaboard boasts sea views to the north and views of Lion’s Head to the south. The steep gradient of the site allows street level access to the basement parking, with a lift taking you up directly into one of 4 duplex apartments.
The site constraints and client’s brief to create 4 luxury apartments for a modern urban lifestyle informed the streamlined and orthogonal envelope of the structure, with clean and simple lines following through internally.
The ground and first floor house 2 duplexes, with the internal and outdoor living areas on the ground floor, and 3 bedroom suites on the first floor. The main bedrooms have sea views, while the other bedrooms enjoy mountain views.
The second and third floors are occupied by 2 penthouses. The bedrooms of the penthouses are on the second floor, with the entrance and living areas on the third floor. The living areas lead up to outdoor living areas on the roof, which feature pools, outdoor showers and covered entertainment areas.
The external finishes are limited to 3 different materials: Neolith, Aluminium and Marmoran, all in a dark monochromatic colour palette. On the street façade, aluminium shutters provide privacy whilst shading the north western sun. On the other facades, the windows are punctured in strategic positions in order to exploit views of Lion’s Head.
The interiors are a series of clean lines and planes with highlights of raw exposed concrete soffits and feature walls. The raw concrete is washed by warm indirect cove lighting.