Architect and interior designer Lauren Bolus of Fabian & Make Architects and Interiors, together with the construction company Cape Island Construction, were responsible for this 645 m° masterpiece in Hout Bay, a few minutes from Cape Town. Although striking, this four bedroom home still manages to really embrace its surroundings.
We chatted to Lauren on the inspiration and drive behind this beautiful space.
What inspired this beautiful Hout Bay home?
The directive from the client was always clear from the very beginning - design an exquisite four-bedroom home that showcased its location in the best way possible while still being practical.
The developer of this site was the late Sol Kerzner, and he envisioned a unique design to set the home apart from neighbours. One of our key inspirations came from the natural surroundings that enveloped the site. It was majestic and picturesque from all sides, providing the perfect backdrop to create a home. We integrated all elements with connected spaces that were strategically designed to unfold towards both the enchanting forest and captivating bay view. The exterior terrace, facing the forest, serves as a bridge between the house and nature.
This innovative design introduces a series of planted platforms, terracing from the forest down to the house, inviting the natural landscape into every corner of the residence.
The incredible nature of the site cannot be overstated.
How did the design of this home lean into that?
The home is incorporated into its surrounds at every possible angle, integrating it seamlessly into the natural elements from touch of warmth to the structure and introduce a natural element to the house. Internally, the timber floors mimic the tone of the surrounding tree trunks, sealed with an oil to highlight the grain for authenticity.
The design also optimises breathtaking views through expansive pocket glass sliding doors that seamlessly slide into a wall cavity, amplifying the panoramic forest and bay vistas.
While the space feels minimal and contemporary, there is a certain relaxed and warm feeling to it. How was this achieved?
Ensuring that each of the homes we design exudes comfort and a homely ambiance is paramount to us. Practicality is key, and we place a strong emphasis on interior materials and design to achieve this. Additionally, we take pleasure in curating furniture selections that introduce textures and materials, contributing to a cohesive design language. Lighting, encompassing both architectural and decorative elements, holds significance in our approach, playing a pivotal role in creating a warm and inviting living space.
What would you say was the greatest challenge and the biggest triumph with this project?
Designing a house without knowing the eventual resident was a unique test, in that it was challenging and rewarding at the same time. For us, the ultimate victory came from the client's remarks of this being the most beautiful one they own in comparison to their worldwide collection. The family frequently visits the residence and their affection for the home is no secret.