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e-architect select interesting contemporary South African Houses. We aim to include properties that are of top quality.

We cover completed homes and new property designs across South Africa. The focus is on contemporary South Africa properties.

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Featured South Africa Properties, chronological:

17 June 2020
South Villa in Clifton, Cape Town

12 June 2020
Westcliff Ridge, House in Johannesburg

4 June 2020
House B on Westcliff Ridge, Johannesburg

27 May 2020
38 Morsim Road in Hyde Park, Johannesburg

5 Mar 2020
House V on Monaghan Farm, Lanseria, Johannesburg
Architects: Daffonchio and Associates Architects
House V Monaghan Farm Lanseria Johannesburg
photograph : Adam Letch
New property in Lanseria, Johannesburg
This new property, an eco-estate in Lanseria, was principally shaped around its natural context – it is situated on an undisturbed hill with savannah grasslands with an expansive view of beautiful rolling hills and a river below – as well as the ideas and requirements of the clients.

29 Jan 2020
House of the Big Arch, Waterberg
Design: Frankie Pappas
House of the Big Arch Waterberg South Africa
photograph : Frankie Pappas
House of the Big Arch in Waterberg
This new building occupies a unique place in a nature reserve situated in the Waterberg Mountains of South Africa; A landscape of remarkable plants, inspiring cliffs, and prodigious wildlife

14 Nov 2019
La Belle Vue, Llandudno, Cape Town
Architecture: Bomax Architects and Interior Design: OKHA
La Belle Vue Llandudno Cape Town
photograph : Mickey Hoyle
La Belle Vue in Llandudno, Cape Town
Located in a small beachfront community in South Africa, this contemporary residence was a complete architectural renovation and extension by Bomax Architects and an OKHA Interior Architecture and Design Project.

1 Oct 2019
YNE House in Kwazulu Natal

10 Sep 2019
Fuchsia House in Kwazulu Natal

2 Jul 2019
Clifton 301 Residence in Cape Town

15 May 2019
Beachyhead, Plettenberg Bay, Bitou Local Municipality, Western Cape Province
Design: SAOTA
Beachyhead by Plettenberg Bay
photograph : Adam Letch
Beachyhead by Plettenberg Bay
“The clients approached SAOTA to design a family holiday home that responded to the site, especially the views. They wanted a relaxing, yet elegant home that would be comfortable when entertaining many guests whilst also feeling intimate and cosy when it’s only one or two of them in the house”.

16 Apr 2019
Hillside View House, Cape Town
Design: ARRCC Interior Design
Hillside View House in Cape Town
photograph : Greg Cox
Hillside View House in Cape Town
Tucked away in a leafy suburb is this statement-making property with modern, glass-fronted architecture and vibrant interiors.

9 Jan 2019
The Forest House, Durban
Design: Bloc Architects
The Forest House in Durban - South African Houses
image from architects
The Forest House in Durban
The Forest House is an exploration into materiality, light and the integration of architecture into the landscape. Situated in an exclusive forest estate in Durban, South Africa, the forest house strives to frame the landscape with clean horizontal lines.

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South African Houses 2018

31 Oct 2018
Palm House, Palm Avenue, Zimbali Coastal Estate, KwaZulu Natal North Coast, South Africa
Design: Metropole Architects
Palm House in Kwazulu Natal - South African Property
photographers: Alexis Diack Architecture & Design Photography
New House in Kwazulu Natal
Metropole Architects’ clients were very clear about the expectations of achieving a home that presented itself as dynamic and exciting externally, yet addressed all the specific internal requirements in terms of space planning and room allocation.

18 Oct 2018
Beyond Residence, Cape Town
Design: SAOTA – Stefan Antoni and Leah Johnson
Beyond Residence in Cape Town - South African Houses
photographers: Adam Letch & Stefan Antoni
Beyond Residence in Cape Town
Perched on the shoulders of Lion’s Head, the luxurious home juts out from a steep hillside that drops down to the famous sequence of Clifton’s white beaches.

20 Apr 2018
Manor House in Franschhoek, Cape Winelands, Western Cape Province
Design: Inhouse with Chris de Hart Architects
Manor House in Franschhoek South Africa
photo courtesy of architects
Luxury House in Cape Winelands
The home was built with the aim of capturing the sweep of a spacious plantation-style country estate, with aesthetic touches inspired by the film Casablanca.

20 Mar 2018
Restio River House, Pringle Bay
Design: SAOTA
Restio River House in Pringle Bay - South African Home
photograph : Adam Letch
Luxury House in Pringle Bay
The architecture is clean and robust. It has a gravitas to it. The materials are hard wearing and resistant to the tough coastal climate and its winds that periodically sweep the bay. The planning of this SAOTA-designed family holiday home is nuanced and sophisticated, built to fully grasp the daily rituals of holiday living.

2 Feb 2018
Lion’s View House, Cape Town
Design: ARRCC
Lions View House - South African Houses
photo : Adam Letchs
Luxury House in Cape Town
Two-storey Cape Town property, originally designed by SAOTA a decade ago, has a complete renovation with increased accommodation through its new owners. The luxury home creates architectural excellence.

30 Jan 2018
City Villa
Design: ARRCC
City Villa in South Africa
photograph courtesy of architects
Luxury House in Kwazulu Natal
Crested on a steep site, this contemporary architectural design has superb city views. The new family home is an interplay of rectangular forms, create a powerful and sculptural composition.

29 Jan 2018
La Lucia, south of Umhlanga, North coast of Kwazulu Natal (KZN)
Design: SAOTA
La Lucia in Kwazulu Natal - South African Houses
photo : Karl Beath
Luxury House in Kwazulu Natal
This La Lucia beach house gently nestles between protected milkwood trees and enjoys beautiful ocean views. Bronze aluminium sliding screens provide a signature for the building.

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Contemporary Properties added in 2015 – 2017

8 Nov 2017
House Invermark, Higgovale, Cape Town
Design: SAOTA Architects
House Invermark
photo : Stefan Antoni
House Invermark
Located in a leafy suburb below the iconic Table Mountain, this luxury property overlooks the city and harbour of Cape Town. The home has been awarded a Commendation from the Cape Institute for Architecture (CIfA).

6 Oct 2016
Firth Albizia House, Simbithi Eco Estate, Ballito, KwaZulu-Natal
Design: Metropole Architects
Albizia House
photograph : Grant Pitcher
Firth Albizia House
The architects were commissioned to design a contemporary family home on a one acre site, situated at the end of a spur, in Simbithi Eco-Estate. The client desired a home with an overriding sense of simplicity but with a high degree of sophistication.

13 Dec 2015
Firth 114802 Residence
Design: Three14 Architects
Firth 114802 Residence
photo : Adam Letch
Firth 114802 Residence
Designed for a young family in the suburban area of Rondebosch, Cape Town, this house sits on an elongated site with views towards Devil’s Peak and The Back Table, which is the south-eastern edge of the iconic Table Mountain.

11 Nov 2015
Hillside House, Western Cape
Design: GASS Architecture Studios
Hillside House South Africa
photo : Kate Del Fante Scott
Hillside House, Western Cape
Situated on the slopes of the Helderberg Mountains in Stellenbosch and nestled between rolling vineyards, a small granite hill and a river below, Hillside House is simultaneously arresting and juxtaposed and fits flawlessly into its surroundings.

26 Oct 2015
OVD 919 Residence in Bantry Bay
Design: SAOTA
OVD 919 South African Houses
photo : Adam Letch
A spectacular home with expansive 360 degree mountain and sea views, carefully balanced with a ned for significant privacy.

18 Sep 2015
Kloof Road House in Johannesburg
Design: Nico van der Meulen Architects
Kloof Road House
photo : David Ross / Barend Roberts
Located at the foot of a nature reserve in Bedfordview, Johannesburg, Kloof Road House is the latest project by Nico van der Meulen Architects.

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Contemporary Residences added in 2012 – 2014

18 Aug 2014
Aloe Ridge House
Design: Metropole Architects
Aloe Ridge House
photograph : Grant Pitcher
Under the leafy canopy of an immense Albizia Tree nestles Aloe Ridge House, a 300sqm contemporary home in the Eden Rock Estate on Kwa Zulu Natal’s South Coast of South Africa.

19 Sep 2014
Harker Street House, Plettenberg Bay
Design: Greg Wright Architects
Harker Street House
photograph from architects studio
Sited on an exceptionally steep piece of land on the bluff above the bay the challenge for the architects was how to make a beach house “live” across a vertically driven program.

15 Aug 2014
Pearl Bay Residence, Pearl Bay, Yzerfontein
Design: Gavin Maddock Design Studio
Pearl Bay Residence - South African Houses
photo : Adam Letch
Sites like this don’t come much more spectacular: taking full advantage of the ocean views and responding to the coastal dune context, it as ‘a glorious site’.

11 Aug 2014
Sprecher House, Hangklip
Design: SAOTA – Stefan Antoni Olmesdahl Truen Architects
Sprecher House South African
photo : SAOTA – Stefan Antoni
A new luxury house inspired by its indigenous surroundings, part of the recently established Sea Farm Private Nature Reserve.

7 Jul 2014
House Sed in Bryanston, Johannesburg
Design: Nico van der Meulen Architects
House Sed in Bryanston
photo : SAOTA – Barend Roberts and Victoria Pilcheri

10 Jun 2014
Cove 6 House, Pezula, Knysna, Western Cape – updated pictures of this luxury contemporary residence
Design: SAOTA Architects
Cove 6 House Western Cape
image from architects

9 Jun 2014
House Lam, Bedfordview, Johannesburg
Design: Nico van der Meulen Architects
House Lam Johannesburg
picture : Barry Goldman / David Ross
The rocky outcrop with spectacular views of the Johannesburg skyline inspired the additions and alterations of this contemporary home. Built from steel, stone and glass, this residence was developed to maximize the surrounding views.

2 May 2014
Yzerfontein Residence, Pearl Bay, Yzerfontein
Design: SAOTA – Stefan Antoni Olmesdahl Truen Architects
Vame Yzerfontein House South Africa
image from architects
This property is architectural and minimalist while at the same time being harmonious and complementary to the West Coast vernacular.

25 Feb 2014
House Boz, Pretoria
Design: Nico van der Meulen Architects
House Boz Pretoria - South African Houses
image from architects
This luxury residence is located on a hill within a secluded nature estate in Pretoria East was originally destined for a very different location on a hillside in Mafikeng. The elevated site has 180 degree views of the whole of Pretoria.

11 Nov 2013
House Ber, Midrand
Design: Nico van der Meulen Architects
House Ber Midrand Property
picture from architects studio
Between the use of transparent glass, a koi pond and pool surrounding the living room area, and the porch forming part of the interior-this masterpiece invites the serenity of the outdoor environment.

22 Aug 2013
Melkbos, Cape Town, South Africa
Design: SAOTA
Melkbos Residence Cape Town - South African Houses
photo : SAOTA
The form and siting of the house is strongly orientated around views. The focus is on the sea facing side of the home, embracing the West Coast landscape.

22 Aug 2013
Glen 2961 Residence in Cape Town
Design: SAOTA
Glen 2961 Cape Town Home
photo : Adam Letch
The clients – who owned and lived in an existing house on the property for nine years – needed to rebuild the house in order to suit the demands of their family with 3 teenage kids.

25 Jul 2013
Kloof 151, Clifton, Cape Town
Design: SAOTA – Stefan Antoni Olmesdahl Truen Architects
Kloof 151 Clifton Cape Town
photo : SAOTA
The client’s brief was for a family home with a guest and a ‘work-from-home’ wing spread over two levels. The home was not only to enjoy the dramatic views of the Clifton beaches, but also to engage with the natural fynbos on the slopes of Lion’s Head to the North.

12 Jul 2013
Clifton Beach Apartment, Cape Town
Design: ANTONI ASSOCIATES, Architects
Clifton Beach Building
photo : Adam Letch
This waterfront project combines elegance, luxury and sophistication in a beach front property located along one of the pristine beaches of Cape Town. The Client’s brief was to renovate a ground floor double level apartment in a newly constructed luxury complex. The design of the original unit felt constricted and the Client wanted to add a fourth master bedroom suite

6 Jun 2013
House in Ferndale, Johannesburg, South Africa
Design: Nico van der Meulen Architects
House in Ferndale Johannesburg - South African Houses
image from architect
House in Ferndale
This residence in a leafy Johannesburg suburb was designed by Nico van der Meulen, founder of Nico van der Meulen Architects in 1986, on a 2000 sqm sub-division and completed in 1987 for his family, but also to use as his studio, as at that time he just started his own practice and decided to work from his home, specializing in the design of up-market residences.

7 May 2013
De Wet 34, Cape Town
Design: SAOTA
Contemporary South African Residence
photo : Adam Letch
Contemporary South African Residence
The site is positioned in the heart of Bantry Bay in Cape Town, on the slopes of Lion’s Head overlooking the bay. The brief was to create a home with all the spectacle of an Atlantic Seaboard showpiece but also to respond to the practical needs of family life and to create a feeling of sanctuary.

29 Apr 2013
Brian Road Residence, Morningside, Johannesburg, South Africa
Design: Nico van der Meulen Architects
House in Morningside Johannesburg Property - South African Houses
photo from architect
Brian Road Residence
This 1960’s home, located in a prime area in a quiet cul-de sac of Johannesburg has been completely renovated. The glass wall between the living areas and the lanai folds completely away to create one huge living space, with the second lounge area leading onto the garden, and the dining opening onto the moat.

15 Apr 2013
House Mosi, Johannesburg
Design: Nico van der Meulen Architects
Contemporary House in Johannesburg - South African Houses
photo from architect
Contemporary House in South Africa
Another luxury contemporary South African house by this architecture practice: as a result of an impeccable renovation, the house is divided into public and private spaces. To enter the private areas of the home, one must cross a bridge above a new internal water feature which breaks the public and private spaces, separating the entrance hall and study from the private home.

5 Apr 2013
Head Road 1815, Cape Town
Design: SAOTA Architects
Contemporary House in South Africa
photo : SAOTA
Contemporary House in South Africa
The house includes three storeys accommodating three en-suite guest suites on the ground floor, with a plant area and a staff flatlet at the rear. The first floor is the main living level, with a large living room and dining room opening to a covered and uncovered pool terrace.

12 Mar 2013
House in Bryanston, Johannesburg
Design: Nico van der Meulen Architects
Serengeti House South Africa
photo from architect
House in Bryanston
Situated on a 4,000 sqm stand in Eccleston Rd, Bryanston this is a new 1,400 sqm residence designed by Nico & Werner van der Meulen of Nico van der Meulen Architects cc. Interior design was done by M Square Lifestyle Design, and the furniture, interior decoration and feature lights were by M Square Lifestyle Necessities. Due to the slope of the stand, a large basement was designed on the lower side of the property, creating a stepped effect on the stand.

27 Feb 2013
Serengeti House, Johannesburg
Design: Nico van der Meulen Architects
Serengeti House South Africa
photo from architect
Serengeti House
This is a Johannesburg home, located on a suburban golf estate, in Africa. The home’s visual success is due to its perfectly balanced application of earthy textures against high-gloss finishes, and raw material against refined elements.

22 Feb 2013
House Aboobaker, Limpopo
Design: Nico van der Meulen Architects
House Aboobaker South Africa
photo : David Ross + Nico van der Meulen
House in Limpopo
After careful consideration, the client approached our company to redesign and style their outdated home in Limpopo. It is situated on the Tropic of Capricorn where the heat is excessive, particularly in the summer months, and requires specialized treatment in ensuring an alteration and addition that will take these factors into consideration.

14 Feb 2013
St Leon 10, Cape Town, South Africa
Design: SAOTA
St Leon 10 Cape Town
photo : SAOTA
St Leon 10
This home was designed for a family with 2 young sons who wanted a house which simultaneously created spaces for casual intimate family occasions or large get-togethers.

4 Feb 2013
Clifton View 7, Cape Town, South Africa
Clifton View 7 Cape Town House
photo : Adam Letch
Clifton View 7 House
Access is gained to the apartment on the upper level. The dining room, living room and kitchen are open plan and have direct access to the extensive terrace. The open plan dining area acts as a pivotal focal point between the spiral staircase and the main entertainment space. The success of the space is a culmination of bespoke detailing, unexpected stylistic juxtapositions and dramatic artworks.

7 Dec 2012
Plett 6541 + 2, The Robberg, Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route
Design: SAOTA – Stefan Antoni Olmesdahl Truen Architects
House at Plettenberg Bay
The clients requested a 6-bedroomed family home with understated elegance and quiet grandeur, indoor / outdoor living spaces and uninterrupted views, with a ”lived-in beach-house” feel. The beach-front site is subject to hot summers and moderate winters, with a cooling on-shore breeze, from the North East.

22 Nov 2012
Head Road 1816, Cape Town
Design: SAOTA Architects
Head Road 1816
The clients required a four bedroom home for their young family, the design of which had to encapsulate all the qualities of luxury open-plan living while still providing a homely environment.

29 Oct 2012
Glen Higgovale, Cape Town
Design: SAOTA – Stefan Antoni Olmesdahl Truen Architects
Glen Higgovale
The clients who lived in an existing house on the property needed to rebuild the house in order to suit the demands of their family. The site on Glen Avenue in Higgovale faces in a Northerly direction, with its boundaries on the South East.

14 Aug 2012
Clifton House, Cape Town
Design: SAOTA – Stefan Antoni Olmesdahl Truen Architects
Clifton House
The clients, a British couple living in Cape Town, requested a six-bedroom, seven-level home that makes the most of the site, the views and the mountain. The lower levels of the existing structure were totally remodelled while the upper level was demolished to allow for two new levels.

6 Apr 2012
Vame, Pearl Bay, Yzerfontein
SAOTA Architects
South African Holiday Home
The clients: a couple from New York building a holiday home in the Southern hemisphere for summer vacations. Aware of contemporary architectural trends, they requested a sculptured building with clean horizontal lines, large areas of glass and screens creating a space that is ‘open as well as private’.

2 Apr 2012
Voelklip Beach House, Hermanus, near Cape Town
SAOTA Architects and Antoni Associates
Voelklip Beach House
The sloping site facilitated planning of the split-level living space allowing the lounge, dining and all bedrooms to have sea views. Fairly restrictive Title Deed and Planning conditions also contributed to the nature of the building.

19 Mar 2012
Cove 3, Pezula, Knysna, Western Cape
SAOTA – Stefan Antoni Olmesdahl Truen Architects
Cove 3 House
Situated in The Cove at Pezula Estate outside Knysna, on the West Coast of South Africa, this family home enjoys sea views to the East and South. The idea was to create a living space with a single roof element floating over it that responded to the slope of the site.

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New South African Homes

Featured South Africa Residences, alphabetical:

Glass House, Johannesburg
Nico van der Meulen Architects
Glasshouse Johannesburg

House Wright, Durban
South African House

studioMAS architects + urban designers
JoziRows Johannesburg

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