OKHA Presents La Croix, Cape Town
The latest interior architecture and design project by OKHA is a sophisticated and refined reworking of a penthouse and rooftop apartment situated on the slopes of Table Mountain. Here panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean look over downtown Cape Town’s city skyline and verdant mountain vistas.
OKHA Creative Director Adam Court was briefed by his client to redesign the interior architecture of the space from its anodyne white new-build box status into a 3 bedroom, open living and lounging sybaritic retreat on the living level, and a chilled micro-resort type pool deck.
On entry to the living level, Adam designed a semi opaque oak stained walnut slatted screen to create a sense of lobby-like preclusion to the anticipated view. “My intention was to craft a measured and grounding slow reveal of the interior space and views beyond – a specifically designed poise point,” he comments. Many of the material finishes seen here as you enter: the walnut stained wooden screen, the Verde Guatemala marble inlay on the walnut server, the wide beam oak floor, and the sultry atmosphere are an exemplar of the aesthetic which follows on this living level. “The palette was chosen to inspire an enveloping mood and drama, a seductive play of light and shadow, a convey a warm welcoming of intimacy that contrasted but complimented the natural elements of the spectacular exterior scenery,” Adam notes.
The living area faces the view and is comprised of a seating and dining are separated in part by a low open fireplace clad in Verde Guatemala marble above which is a ceiling high slatted Walnut screen, the same configuration as seen in the entrance. Seating is provided by a sculptural custom scaled REPOSE sofa and ottoman in almond boucle which hugs the view facing corner with curvaceous poise. Above it, a contrast in hard edged geometry, the STANDARD REFLECT MIRROR throws out prismatic reflections of compelling and curious dimension on the off shutter concrete wall. Across from the sofa, the deep organic shaped GLOOB chair in mallard green velvet provides a wonderful counterpoint of solo orientation and lavish colour.
“The idea was not to create a classical balance of furniture in this space, and because the volume of the room is great, it looked more interesting to pool groups of pale forms and then off-set that arrangement with a single piece in a congruous scale but a more audacious colour,” explains Adam, referring to the relationship between the REPOSE sofa and GLOOB chair. The seating areas are linked by a duo of 2 circular overlapping BURBUJA coffee tables with black steel bases and antique leathered marble tops
The other side of the room is anchored by a large contoured rectangular custom APEX dining table with Walnut stained Ash top on two spherical mild steel bases. Around it, 6 custom TORO dining chairs with natural cane backs and cadmium orange upholstery fit neatly beneath the table yet still reveal a finessed attention to timber grained texture in their modernist legs and a slash of hot hued leather to syncopate the mass and gravitas of the table
The main en-suite bedroom to the left of this area is appointed in a light mercury grass cloth wall paper and an upholstered inset headboard and cantilevered bed base in a sea green tweed that reiterates the sliver of swimming pool on the roof deck that is visible via a long clerestory window along the back of the living spaces. Glass doors with dark stained frames open onto a long balcony facing the view, arranged with bobbin shaped café tables with antique leathered marble tops, a similar rendition of the BERBUJA coffee tables.
The roof deck presents an entirely composed universe of seating, lounging, dining and invites a very social approach to alfresco, much like the deck of a super yacht. But privacy is possible too, as two iroko wood pavilions with slatted pergola roofs can be shuttered via discreet roller blinds to create, even under a sunlit or starry sky, moments of personal enclosure and relaxing seclusion.
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