Beyond: The Stunning Home by SAOTA in Cape Town, South Africa

Located off Nettleton Road, the most sought-after street in South Africa sits the home, Beyond, designed by SAOTA. The home is a perfect contemporary setting for life to meet art in the full comfort of modern design. The lines between home and gallery are blurred as contemporary South African art collections are carefully curated to work with the architecture. Inside and outside become one and the same in a continuous transparent space that links the back garden and pool to the living area. The lower level hosts six bedrooms, a double volume entertainment space, with games, cinema, and a spa. The principal living area is located at the very top of the home. Here resides the kitchen, bar, dining, living and family room. Along with, a winter lounge, study, and art studio.

For this project, a picture is worth a thousand words. So, we have selected some of Lh’s favorite rooms from Beyond to share, we hope you love it as much as we do!

Beyond’s Exterior by SAOTA

Beyond Exterior by SAOTA architects
A finely perforated aluminum screen is folded at the bottom and upper levels with a slot cut out of the center to allow for views from the games and spa areas. The curtain glass guest bedroom element slides and cantilevers out.


Beyond Entrance by SAOTA architects
Double volume entrance foyer with a rusted steel and glass staircase featuring the following artworks: ‘Three Blind Mice’ by Kevin Brand on the wall; on the landing ledge is a totem by David Brown; and the steel wall sculpture is by Paul Edmunds.

Outdoor Space

Beyond Outdoor Space by SAOTA architects
The outdoor dining pavilion and pool deck showcases panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean.
Beyond Outdoor Space 2 by SAOTA architects
The kitchen, dining room, lounge and bar lounge are situated on the fourth floor. The courtyard garden is on the mountainside facing Lions Head with distant views of the Atlantic Ocean.

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Living Area & Kitchen

Beyond Living Area by SAOTA architects
The family room on the far left with double volume tapestry is by the Keiskama Trust. The reading table next to the family room incorporates Andrzej Urbanski landscape artwork behind it and the artwork adjacent is Nzuri Fufu by Cyrus Kabiru.
The kitchen, dining room and lounge are in the center and the De Riguour standing lamp and Jada couches are by OKHA.
The outdoor dining pavilion on the right showcases panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean.
Beyond Kitchen by SAOTA architects
On the living level the front of house integrates the kitchen and dining room areas. The French oak dining table is by Pierre Cronje and Etch Bar stools are by OKHA. The mask wall features a collection of Central and West African masks.
Beyond Dining by SAOTA architects
The French oak dining table is by Pierre Cronje with Arper Juno chairs. The study and winter lounge can be seen on the upper mezzanine level.

Bar Lounge

Beyond Bar Lounge by SAOTA architects
The bar and bar lounge is suspended over the pool and incorporates the Curator couch by OKHA, Dragnet lounge chair by Kenneth Cobonpue and artwork by Martie Kossatz.

Game Room

Beyond Game Room by SAOTA architects
A Greek traditional rug in the games room. Tapestry from the President Hotel 1967 in Johannesburg by Cecil Skotnes and Blowfish by Porky Hefer hang in the double volume space.


Beyond Gallery by SAOTA architects
The gallery foyer is situated on the bedroom level with pyjama lounge at the end. The cinema and games room are on the lower level and can be seen from the gallery. Showcased along the gallery wall is a collection of artwork by Charles Gassner, Mother and Child by Walter Battiss and A019 by Andrzej Urbanski. The Nicci chair is by OKHA and the ‘Blowfish’ by Porky Hefer is hanging in the double volume space.

Pyjama Lounge

Beyond Pyjama Lounge by SAOTA architects
In the pyjama lounge there are two Orgone chairs by Marc Newson that sit below the Cloud Lamp by Margie Teeuwen. A collection of artwork by Charles Gassner.

Master Bedroom

Beyond Master Bedroom by SAOTA architects
The main bedroom incorporates a Bird chair by Harry Bertoia and Jada couch by OKHA, over the Flokati rug. Carnival artwork by Yvon van der Heul.

Words by Kendall Mayer

Photography by Adam Letch & Stefan Antoni / Courtesy of SAOTA

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