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Stay And Play

Design synergy and style savvy combine in this terraced home along Cape Town’s mountainside.

Penny McCormick

From the outside, the striking angular building designed by South African architectural firm SAOTA looks like three separate entities. In fact it is one house, consciously split, with an emphasis on entertainment, as the owner is a lavish host. On the ground floor are guest bedrooms, with the main living area and master bedroom on the second floor which is reached by a double-volume glass stairwell with mountain views. In total there are three bedrooms and a staff suite. Taking pride of place is a private penthouse, for the owner, situated on the top floor which provides commanding views of the landscape and ocean.

Inside, entertainment zones were created by the interior design team at ARRCC, a brother company of SAOTA that’s synonymous with luxury leisure and residential developments, and whose director Mark Reilly sums up the project as: “A dynamic home; one where unexpected materials combine to create a space as dynamic as its owner.”

It was a collaborative project between the two companies, says Reilly, who admits there was a lot of checking-in throughout the process. “The client was incredibly trusting and was adamant he wanted signature ARRCC treatment for all spaces,” he says.

Ultimate comfort was the brief for the décor; this was achieved using gem-like materials, custom furniture and a wealth of natural finishes, from warm woods to burnished metals. “It’s on the middle storey that the full effect of this entertainer’


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