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A Modern Cape Town is an Architectural Masterpiece Surrounded by Natural Wonders

This home on the bucolic Hout Bay coast designed by architect Lauren Bolus makes a bold statement

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By Kimberley Schoeman  | February 1, 2024 | Architecture

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.

Enhancing the outdoor dining experience, the furniture in this space is courtesy of Mobelli. Photography Micky Hoyle.

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?

This space comes to life with a captivating interplay of vertical and horizontal lines. Photography Micky Hoyle.

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 pool area is infused with visual appeal and a touch of homely comfort, thanks to the blue and white striped sun loungers sourced from Bloc Outdoor. Photography Micky Hoyle.

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.

Concrete and metal elements together with timber screens infuse visual interest into different facets of the design. Photography Micky Hoyle.

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.

The home's terraced design, coupled with the incorporation of glass balustrades, maximises the stunning views from every vantage point. Photography Micky Hoyle.