Modernist South African Abode Is Not Your Average Safari Camp
It sits at the nexus of a lagoon, a winery and a mountain
Most would agree that certain regions call for their own architectural vibe.
In the Scottish Highlands, you want to stay in a castle next to a golf course. In Miami, you want big windows, white furniture and splashes of flamingo pink and cobalt blue.
However, that sort of unchecked expectancy can get a bit stale — which is why it’s refreshing to see a dwelling like South Africa’s Benguela Cove House.
An hour and change southeast of Cape Town, Beguela’s situated on the Benguela Cove Wine Estate and sandwiched between the Overberg Mountains and the Botrivier Lagoon. The spot could’ve gone in many directions — beachside bungalow, vineyard hacienda, waterfront cabin — yet managed to produce something fresh and different in the form of this hyper-modernist dwelling that feels at ease celebrating all of its nearby pursuits.
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Designed by Cape Town-based Saota Architecture, the Cove House accomplishes this with a stripped-back commitment to open-air rooms, sweeping windows and endless decks. Saota dotted the interior with inclusive statement pieces — the stone-cut kitchen island and basin bathtub are standouts — then adorned the walls and floors with earthy tones one might encounter at the beach, on a hike or in the topsoil of grapevines.
All images from Saota