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Short description: Cape Town, South Africa ; SAOTA; project entitled Kloof 151. It is that simple indeed. SAOTA already has a breathtaking record of high end buildings, most of them having the site to their benefit, featuring exotic locations and cliff view mansions on top .
Kloof 151 is a project that complies to SAOTA rules after all, we are talking here about a three story establishment with parking that can be accessed directly trough the basement, taking advantage of the direct sunlight and granting the home an entrance treated differently, expressing warmth, coziness and personal taste a clear display of skill from the architects materiallized in the perfect modern mansion.
One more important aspect, a consequence of the basement entrance is the openness of the ground floor which captures unique snapshots of the surroundings, overlooking Clifton. To better emphasize this attribute, the majority of the ground floor is opened to well covered terraces to both west and north facing the Lion`s Head and the mountain slope; not even the open plan kitchen is miss-considered from this important asset.
Along with the breathtaking views the position of the building brings extreme heat and glare. SAOTA tried to address this important weather factor by cantilevering balconies that would create shades over the levels beneath and therefore protect here and there the building itself. To minimize the discomfort hardwood screen and motorized vertical fabric blinds have been used. These procedures have definitely altered the facades for most of us but managed to create a rather cool interior all year round , making this unique master piece livable.
The functionality of the ground floor is separated in two volumes and a double stairway. The first floor hosts 4 en-suite bedrooms along with a gym and a studio space.
I don`t think there is much to be said besides the fact that we are really curios about the efficiency of the heat and glare measures. We are happy to hear about them, and we like to see that high end solutions have unique ways of solving site issues and take advantage of the view. We would love to interview the happy family that resides there but until then, we would love to hear your opinion.