By Marianne McDonald, Project Consultant and Property Coordinator Adri Scheepers, Photography Nic Baleta
The beautiful curves of this unusual building reflect the natural shoreline and echo the waves of the ocean, to create fluid interior spaces that the home owner wanted to complement with a modern, contemporary design aesthetic.
It is clear from the exterior of the building that sculptural form was a design priority, which made for awkward indoor spaces and a challenge for the architects.
The double-volume curved glass wall in the living room was a particular challenge, as “it had a distinctly shopping-mall feel to it”, describes the home owner. By lowering the ceiling with oversized leather and crystal chandeliers, and adding long, flowing drapes, the textures and shapes created made for a more cohesive and elegant living space.
While this living area is the most impressive in the home, the owner admits that his favourite space is the TV room, which opens onto a braai area, boasting magnificent views and the opportunity to take in the sunset.
The beautiful curves of this unusual building reflect the natural shoreline and echo the waves of the ocean, to create fluid interior spaces that the home owner wanted to complement with a modern, contemporary design aesthetic. “As a second home, it was always important that the penthouse had enough universal appeal to be sellable or lettable, while still appealing to our own tastes and sense of home,” he explains.
“This was achieved through a careful mix of retro furniture pieces that provide an eclectic and interesting interior. There is a degree of design nostalgia within the home that makes the spaces less clinical than exclusively modern interiors generally offer,” says the architect.
The home owner insists that hiring an architect and designer at the outset was essential to the successful completion of the home.
“This will help you avoid costly changes later on,” he explains. “Given the very difficult spaces, it was essential to have a coordinated approach to the internal architectural planning and furniture placement.”
The successful completion of this penthouse renovation takes full advantage of the much-underrated Strand shoreline, sea views and vibrant beachfront, to create a home that is both functional, beautiful and uniquely situated.