Insanely cool house engages nature on many levels

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This insanely cool house located in Cape Town, South Africa engages nature on so many levels, starting with the three floors of the home. Glen 2961 is a collaborative work between SAOTA (Stefan Antoni Olmesdahl Truen Architects) and Three 14 Architects, not to mention the earthy artistry that Mother Nature has deposited just outside its walls.

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This contemporary house features a sunken bottom level that opens onto a stunning outdoor living area, offering peace and privacy alfresco. But you don't have to sink to the ground level to get a taste of the great outdoors. Set on a slope, the architects were able to engage each level of the house with the surrounding garden. In addition, each floor features a walkout to a terrace, complemented by expansive sliding doors that enhance the home's sense of openness and connection to nature. The gardens not only sense to provide a beautiful natural focal point, but they also shield interiors from public view.

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Inside, the open concept layout is conducive to socializing and family life. An absence of walls lets light and air flow freely from one space into the next.

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The kitchen is the hub of the home, featuring a modern style with warmth that invites you to sit and stay a while. Off-shutter concrete for soffits and walls, painted bagged brickwork, polished concrete, and oak cabinetry and ceilings offer a clean, eclectic aesthetic.

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Ironically and arguably the best feature of this house isn't in the house itself - the view. Through the open exterior walls and open concept design, the architects invite the outdoors in and create an extraordinary natural backdrop for ordinary everyday living.

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SAOTA and Three 14 Architects
Photo credit: Adam Letch

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