The beautiful South African landscape is a major part of the architecture of this region. The houses built here are designed to take advantage of the views. A recent example is the residence built by studio Malan Vorster in Cape Town.
The house sits on a 720 square meter site stretching between the street and the ocean. The site features a steep slope which led the architecture to come up with a two-story design.
The ground floor is clad in natural stone, a material that lets the house blend into the landscape. This is where the TV lounge, some of the bedrooms and a guest suite are located.
The first floor houses the entertainment areas including a large terrace with a wooden pergola. Big sliding doors made of glass ensure an easy transition between these spaces and help to bring the views inside.
The top floor gets the best views in the house and has two glazed walls to take advantage of this. The master bedroom suite and a study area can be found up here.
The house’s simple geometric forms and modern architecture stand out against the organic landscape. At the same time, the materials used in its design are inspired by nature. This creates a beautiful connection between architecture and nature.