It’s a dream house: a modern, contemporary home with a stunning view of Hout Bay, the harbor, and the valley around it — and it’s a prizewinner, having been awarded the Best Domestic Interior at the Cube Awards in 2003. It is this home on Hout Bay, Cape Town, by Antoni Associates. Step inside a unique pivoting front door and your vision is immediately caught by the soothing ambience of the foyer, with its abstract art and pottery accents on display. Off to one side, you glimpse the stainless-steel lines of the modern kitchen; with a few more steps, you’re already in the open living/dining area and gazing out through the open-air expanse to the deck…and an incredible sight of hills, sea, and sky. Linger over a snack at the pass-through counter from kitchen to dining room, or pause to chat before the crackling fire.
You might share a moment in candlelight at the dining table, with its gleaming dark wood surface reflecting recessed lighting, flame, and setting sun. All around you are soothing tones of deep wood, sand, cream, and the gentlest peachy tan — a family of neutrals that mimics the shoreline and complements sea color. Your eye is inevitably drawn toward the outdoors: interior and exterior here are “one” in ways you’ve rarely seen before. Settle into one of the soft couches facing your view of the harbor, or amble out toward the wooden loungers ready for stargazing; take a refreshing breath of the ocean breeze, and realize that this setting, and the house that fits it so well, are all parts of a total that equals serenity, relaxation, and twinkling light.