Situated on the slopes of Lion’s Head above Bantry Bay, this home enjoys panoramic views across the bay and overlooks Sea Point and Robben Island, South Africa. The house is built on three levels and is geared for entertaining on a grand scale. The lower level accesses the garden and the upper two levels have extensive covered and open terraces.ANTONI ASSOCIATES were appointed to create an environment that evoked the feeling of luxury Zen styling and that of Asian spa resorts. Part of the brief was to re-design the entire lower floor into a private spa and entertainment level.
The existing swimming pool was demolished and a new 30m resort style pool was installed, with an infinity edge. A couples’ treatment / massage room was incorporated into the spa area together with a well-equipped high-tech gym and sauna / steam treatment rooms. A wine cellar and cinema room were also incorporated on this lower level.
The brief for the furniture & decor was to create luxuriously appointed contemporary interiors with a global fusion / eclectic mix of Asian artefacts and traditional European elements. The clients are very well travelled, particularly in Asia and therefore wanted their home to reflect their experiences with an eclectic Asian theme. Specific pieces in tactile materials and fabrics were custom designed. Colourful silks, patterned fabrics and wallpapers add texture and accent. The sumptuously appointed master bedroom suite is supplemented by five additional guest bedrooms. Each room was individually designed and has a distinct identity and colour palette. [Photos and information provided via e-mail by Antoni Associates]
The best architects can create designs which will give clients and the public things they didn’t even realise they wanted, and this is especially important when architects are given the difficult brief of creating structures in much-loved, iconic areas.
An example of a huge success is Heneghan Peng Architects’ Giant’s Causeway Visitors’ Centre in Antrim, Northern Ireland. Using the large difference in level across the site, the architects created two folds in the landscape. Bold, but not conflicting with the rather bleak natural environment, these folds draw all the man-made areas together and create one fitting man-made break in the natural landscape. In the words of the architects themselves, There is no longer a building and a landscape, but building becomes landscape and the landscape itself remains spectacular and iconic