The Villa Sow House is another dream home designed by SAOTA – Stefan Antoni Olmesdahl Truen Architects, a Cape Town-based studio. This two-story contemporary residence was completed in 2011 and is located in Dakar, Senegal.
Villa Sow In Dakar By SAOTA:
The house’s ground floor is to facilitate convenient indoor and outdoor entertainment. It is furnished to enjoy panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean and the pool terrace area. With articulated terraces, bequeathing each room an unfettered view of the sea, it’s no wonder that the central reference point of the house is the hallway from the study area to the kitchen, with all rooms extending from it. The rooms’ orientation in the place is all based on the best ocean views.
The study/office sits in a separate block, joined to the main house by a hallway. The main house has a lounge with a double volume space, a top-of-the-range kitchen, a barbecue terrace, a pool terrace, and a gaming/family room. Under the study/office sits a separate, fully contained guest room, sitting on the very edge of the cliff, alongside which sits a private gym and reflecting pond.
A prominent feature of the house is the spiral staircase, clad in stainless steel, and the treads made of white granite. To add to this architectural element’s grandeur, 20mm in diameter stainless steel rods run from the first floor handrail to the lower ground floor, thus making the stairwell look like a sculptural steel tube.
The first floor houses the children and the primary bedroom. Clerestories and aluminum screens coax illumination alongside the carefully framed northeastern views. A skylight above the stairwell and floor-to-ceiling glazing in the lounges add to the sense of transparency. The primary suite opens up into a terrace with views of the ocean in the southwestern direction and a private garden with an outdoor shower in the northeastern direction. The result is a cleaver and sophisticated hierarchy of spaces, each room situated to take full advantage of indoor-outdoor living.”
Photos by: SAOTA
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