Our journey from one modern house design to the next takes us to the Camps Bay House in South Africa, designed by Cape Town-based practice Luis Mira Architects. Now, if you’re a regular of the website, you know what to expect: a luxury, ultra-modern villa, effectively applying simple design principles, so as to let the true asset shine. The true asset is, of course, the location, with lush evergreen trees, an endless expanse of ocean up ahead and indomitable rocky slopes guarding the terraced home from behind. The home’s simple volume stands graciously and with great dignity amid the impressive landscape. It is not imposing, but discretely charming, while also preserving full contemporary functionalities and numerous opportunities for leisure and relaxation.
The house is a single person’s holiday home, with lots of guests and friends invited over for casual parties or longer stays. Essentially, it was conceived of as a more ample studio, with a permeating feeling of open spaces, which, however, is flexible enough to allow the enclosure of private areas whenever several visitors are over. The concept is that of a journey of outdoor and indoor open spaces, with constant glimpses into the landscape outside. There are two glass-encased courtyards on the ground floor, designed for proximity to the sea and constant access to fresh air and natural light. Inside, all neutral and natural materials were used, to further the idea of bringing the outdoors and indoors, as well as achieve an air of ultimate luxury.