CONTEMPORARY

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.

AVE FRESNAYE VILLA
POOL PENTHOUSE
CONNECTED ATLANTIC LIVING
HEAD ROAD GLAMOUR
WELGEDACHT VILLA

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: David Ross Photography | Photography Styling: Kate Boswell | In Print features: Habitat March / April 2016 | Online Features: Habitat Jan Feb 1013 Mag Insert 


PROJECT TEAM

PROJECT MANAGERS
Berman Brothers Group
Property Developers, Client, Contractors, & QS
reception@bermanbros.co.za
021 439 9030

CONSULTING ENGINEERS
Moroff & Kuhne
info@moroff-kuhne.com
021 434 8176

INTERIOR DESIGN
Studio Parkington (Debra Parkington)
info@studioparkington.com
021 434 5425

AUDIO VISUAL
Simpletech
info@simpletech.co.za
021 300 1331

ELECTRICAL ENGINEERS
Lewis & De Kroon
info@ldk.co.za
021 423 9090
021 424 7393

LANDSCAPE DESIGN
Nicholas Whitehor
hortinic@netactive.co.za
021 791 3951
021 791 3958
082 258 9293

LIGHTING CONSULTANT
PI Design (Greg Segal)
info@pidesign.co.za
greg@pidesign.co.za
021 706 0590
021 706 0594

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 - Jan Feb 2013 Mag Feature  Nov Dec 2016 | Photography: Adam Letch, some exteriors by Rob Mills | Furnishing / Styling for Photoshoot by Roche Bobois Cape Town

 

PROJECT TEAM

QUANTITY SURVEYORS
Heinrich Beer
info@hbqs.co.za
021 424 3711

LAND SURVEYER
Ben Langbridge
benlangbridge@iafrica.com
021 783 5878
082 772 3957

STRUCTURAL ENGINEER
ADA Consulting Engineers
adact@iafrica.com
021 790 1097

MECHANICAL ENGINEER
Jo Lubbe & Associates
jo@jolubbe.co.za
021 685 5566

PROJECT MANAGER
Martin de Waal

INTERIORS
Apax Design (Rudolph Jordaan)
info@apaxdesign.co.za
066 307 1952

On the spectacular shores of the Atlantic overlooking rock pools our client wanted a new home built to “weather like a ship”. The brief was to take into account the harsh climate. This is a key question we work with when designing in Cape Town:  How does one design buildings able to withstand our coastal conditions?

The result is an enduring structure. The aesthetic direction reveals a modern classic with clean lines. It is a reasoned and consistent design. Timeless but warm and neutral finishes allow the home to blend in, rather than be a statement or landmark. It is a balanced and practical family holiday home and accommodates large family gatherings with options for interactions in different areas of varied space and size.

The open plan living dining and kitchen spaces on the main living level live directly onto ocean views. There is a seamless connection of spaces indoor and outdoor throughout the house. The architect designed custom cabinetry combines functional practicality and an integrated neutral aesthetic and compliments the imported Italian kitchen by Assirelli. Roche Bobois furnishing and Mae carpets perfectly complete the picture.

To control the glare of western light off the sea careful planning ensures layers of shutters and blinds don’t interfere with sea views. The rooftop pool epitomises penthouse living. This Cape outdoor living space takes advantage of the gorgeous coastal sun with a purpose designed external weatherproof kitchen and braai.

The importance of the functional design that has been considered throughout the house is most evident in the excavated lower level. The lift and staircase lobby is one of three light wells positioned to introduce natural light and ventilation. As a result, there is an airy feeling and comfortable light levels when moving around the house on all levels. The essence of this Atlantic Seaboard home featured in Habitat “Choice revival” Jan-Feb 2018 is captured in the cover photograph by Adam Letch.

In Print feature: Habitat January / February 2018 | Online Features: Jan Feb 2018 Feature | Photography: Adam Letch | Photography Styling: Kate Boswell


PROJECT TEAM

QUANTITY SURVEYOR
Heinrich Beer
info@hbqs.co.za
021 424 3711

STRUCTURAL ENGINEER
De Villiers Sheard Consulting Engineers (DEVS)
devs@devs.co.za
021 689 2377
021 689 1234

CONSULTANT
Core Geotechnical
admin@coregeotech.co.za
021 671 4280
021 671 4277

Consulting Environmentalists (ECO)
Ecosense
021 886 4056

CONTRACTORS
Innes Projects
john@innesprojects.co.za
021 761 9333

ELECTRICAL ENGINEERS
DSV Consulting Engineers
consult@dsv.co.za
021 551 4303
021 551 6814

MECHANICAL ENGINEER
Jo Lubbe
jo@jolubbe.co.za
021 685 5566

LAND SURVEYOR
Cape Geomatics
valentia@capegeomatics.co.za
021 686 8407

LAND SURVEYOR
Trevor StandeR
trevorstander@gmail.com
083 261 8516

RATIONAL DESIGN
Greenplan Consultants
info@greenplan.co.za
021 882 8261

Set on the Fresnaye slopes of Lion’s Head, this house has a strong visible presence as one approaches along Ocean View Drive. Powerful organic shapes and strong rock formations dominate. The feeling of the mountain shapes and the curve of the coastline were part of the inspiration for the shapes of the house. The existing house had to be reworked to synthesise and harmonise its shapes.

The original house had no direct link with the mountain: the opportunity to have these special views as well as access from Head Road, created the case for re-modeling the entire entrance. This enabled the new penthouse - and indeed the rest of the house - to open up to the mountain and its spectacular views. 

The original top level had severe structural constraints and had to be demolished. With careful planning, the existing shapes of the house were worked into a sculptural new façade that sits in harmony with the natural environment. The clients both love an open feeling and wanted the entrance off Head Road to feel open and inviting.

The penthouse living area has proven to be highly successful. It is a space the clients particularly enjoy. This living area is a seamless structure with limited slender supports and wide glass sliding doors, completely integrating it with the outstanding views. When the doors are open, the boundaries between interior and exterior disappear.

In Print features: Habitat Jan/Feb 2013  Top Billing Dec 2012 | Online Features - Jan Feb 2013 Mag Feature | TV: Top Billing December 2012  | Photography: Greg CoxRob Mills | Photography Styling: Kate Boswell

PROJECT TEAM

STRUCTURAL ENGINEERS
Moroff & Kuhne
info@m-k.co.za
021 434 8176
021 434 8178
083 226 1057

ELECTRICAL ENGINEER
Lewis & De Kroon
info@ldk.co.za
021 423 9090
021 424 7393

QUANTITY SURVEYOR
Mahlati Liebetrau
ctn@mlqs.co.za
021 461 5656
021 461 5644
082 578 6700

CONTRACTOR
Metric Group – Rick Formenti
info@metricgroup.co.za
021 433 2282
086 670 6541

LAND SURVEYOR
Ben Langbridge
benlangbridge@iafrica.com
021 783 5878
082 772 3957

Situated in Welgedacht Estate, the project involves alterations and additions to an existing house.Carefully chosen exterior walls were retained while the interior space was completely redesigned to meet the client’s needs.The new structure blends seamlessly into the landscape through the integration of terraced steps. A contemporary feel is accomplished through the use of luxury finishes.

There is a strong connection between the exterior and interior spaces as the outdoor living space comprising pool and braai has been well integrated into the living area.

In Print feature: Plascon Spaces – Summer 2016 / 2017 | Photography: David Ross Photography  | Photography Styling: Kate Boswell


PROJECT TEAM

TOWN PLANNER
Tim Spencer Town Planning CC
info@tsplanning.co.za
021 701 4076 (T)
021 702 3150 (F)

STRUCTURAL ENGINEERS
A19 Consulting Engineers
info@a19.co.za
021 851 6519 (T)

RATIONAL DESIGN
Greenplan Consultants
info@greenplan.co.za
021 882 8261 (T)

MECHANICAL ENGINEER
Jo Lubbe & Associates
jo@jolubbe.co.za
021 685 5566 (T)

QUANTITY SURVEYOR
De Leeuw Group
ct@deleeuw.co.za
021 887 1334 (T)

LAND SURVEYOR
Bruwer Surveyors
jaco@bruwersurveyors.co.za
021 975 1677 (T)