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Sunday, February 5, 2012

Spa House in the South African mountainside

The Spa House is an elegant and ultramodern house designed as a multi-functional building with residential, recreational and spa facilities, annexed to a larger residence by architecture firmMetropolis Design. The residence is set into the mountainside of the local fisherman’s village in Hout Bay, Cape Town, South Africa, overlooking the bay and harbor, surrounded by weathered sandstone formative. The Spa House is separated from the principal residence by a berm, and is connected to it by foot paths.
From the architects, “The brief called for a place of entertainment and relaxation both for the client and his occasional guests, who would also be accommodated there. It incorporates swimming pools, guest accommodation, spa facilities and general living and poolside areas. The house is conceived of as a hovering set of elements, suspended over a large waterscape, which forms an extended terrace on the mountainside.
Water constitutes the primary experience of the building. The floor planes are arranged to provide contrasting experiences of water, and the underwater spa with large viewing windows into the pool has a sense of stillness and mystery. The guest accommodation block hovers dramatically over the water and projects into space towards the mountain and sea. The dining area is submerged below water level, and pool decks are arranged as islands in a sea of water, connected by a bridge.
The ground floor opens up entirely to the landscape and the interior and exterior finishes are continuous, to minimize the distinction between inside. Formally, the building comprises a number of separate sculptural forms in a dynamic composition. The base of the building, incorporating pools, relaxation rooms and guest accommodation is entirely of concrete. The superstructure is of steel construction, which is clad in afromosia shiplap boards on timber studwork.”
This home is also a luxury vacation rental, visit the website of Luxury Villas in Cape Town here.

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