Contemporary (of the time) design is an important anchor of the portfolio. This design approach is fluid and refers to the more rigidly defined “modern” in many ways. It’s important for Jenny Mills Architects, earning coveted awards and endorsement from the most discerning publications.
Located on the slopes of Fresnaye, this project boasts Lion’s Head for a backyard and uninterrupted spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean and Cape Town’s surroundings.
The project is an alteration and addition to an existing house to convert it into two apartments, each consisting of two storeys. The top apartment includes a living and dining area on the fourth floor which opens onto a cantilevered pool and deck supported by impressive concrete columns. The result is the experience of being in an endless pool of water as one relaxes and enjoys the vast ocean views. A strong intangible connection between the viewer and what lies beyond is created. Although the apartments are housed in the same structure, they possess unique and contrasting interiors.
In Print features: Habitat November / December 2016 | Online Features - <a href="https://www.habitatmag.co.za/outer-limits/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Jan Feb 2013 Mag Feature</a> <a href="https://www.habitatmag.co.za/sky-pool-penthouse/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Nov Dec 2016</a> | Photography: <a href="http://adamletch.com/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Adam Letch</a>, some exteriors by <a href="http://signsoflife.co.za" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Rob Mills</a> | Furnishing / Styling for Photoshoot by <a href="https://www.roche-bobois.com/en-ZA" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Roche Bobois Cape Town</a>
This Fresnaye villa is 1400 square metres of carefully designed luxury living – a 4-bedroom home with separate housekeeper’s suite, cinema room, wine cellar and gym. A broadly collaborative design team ran a series of design workshops to define the specifications that would make this landmark home rank with the very best luxury residences Cape Town has to offer; a fully-automated house which feels easy and can be used intuitively, and which combines the best technology and systems.
Despite the overall size of the house, there is a good balance of privacy and connectedness. The double volume stairway looks onto the entry courtyard, the core of the house. A splayed skylight feature brings in reflected light which bounces off the angled planes. The kitchen is well appointed and versatile. It can function as a “family” at-home cooking experience, or be closed off for formal catering with large sliding doors.
We worked closely with the interior designer to create a feeling of calm and warmth. Timber floors, paneling and cabinetry offset the calm, pale walls and marble floors. A few expertly selected fittings and finishes express the classic modernism of the house.
It is set on a comfortable level lawn with a north west aspect in this wind-free corner of Fresnaye. A striking L-shaped pool gives way to views of the sea and twinkling city lights. The greenery of the Lions Head backdrop is emphasised by careful perimeter planting; the sense of being surrounded by greenery to create a private sanctuary feel is important to the design team, so the "Green Wall" in the double volume entry is always visible through the house.
Deborah Parkington (Studio Parkington) in collaboration with JMA on the interior design for this project.
Photography: <a href="http://davidross.pro/">David Ross Photography</a> | Photography Styling: <a href="http://kateboswell.wixsite.com/stylist">Kate Boswell</a> | In Print features: Habitat March / April 2016 | Online Features: <a href="https://www.habitatmag.co.za/outer-limits/">Habitat Jan Feb 1013 Mag Insert </a>