Contemporary Cape Town Family Home

WORDS Cheri Morris IMAGES Adam Letch and Micky Hoyle


Primely located below Lion’s Head in Cape Town, you’ll find Kloof 119A, a contemporary family home designed by local architecture studio SAOTA.

From the busy road on which it sits, a traditional Cape-style wall tells little of the home’s grand interiors. After dark, the roof becomes a glinting lightbox that affords the inquisitive passerby only an air of mystery. A clerestory window on the upper level is borne of the unique roof and takes the connection between urban living and nature to impressive heights.

A large metal door leads you through a small entrance lobby that links to a courtyard garden swathed in green. Upon exiting the reclusive garden, you are met with vivid city views that demand nothing less than a moment of appreciation. Three levels comprise an open-plan kitchen, a dining room, lounge, work and bedroom spaces, a garage, gym, cinema, and guest room.

Aside from mountain and sea vistas framed by expansive windows, the outdoors is brought in even further by affording each level its own set of courtyards and gardens that extend directly from the mountain face, volumes of light- and air-filled places that would have otherwise been steeped in darkness. Muted hues and warm washed oak pair luxuriously with OKHA furnishings, such as the To Be One and Lean On Me standing lamps.

See more projects designed by SAOTA here.