Surrounded by conservation land on three sides, this exceptional site of 1750 square meters sits at the base of Table Mountain with sweeping views down to Cape Town and the harbor below. A concealed courtyard entrance, punctuated by a sculptural Cape Chestnut and suffused with fragrant shrubs and the tranquil sounds of water, gives privacy Bridle Road House from the street and protection from winds.
Below the single-family residence is the main Fynbos garden with its outdoor living areas and natural swimming pool. Fynbos is a highly diverse heathland vegetation native only to a small belt of the Western Cape. The design used these endangered native plantings as the basis for a domesticated landscape, bringing them back down from Table Mountain and weaving them throughout the garden.
The visual centerpiece is the natural swimming pool framed by its local balau wood deck. This self-cleaning swimming pool combines the natural cleansing properties of plants with sand and gravel filtration and skimming systems, eliminating the need for harmful chemicals. The water is pumped up from the pool to a reflecting pond that extends from the inside of the house to the outside, where the water is aerated as it cascades down a waterfall into the regeneration zone. The pool is not only ecologically sound but also enjoyable—the experience is like swimming in a crystal clear mountain lake.
Cape Town architect Antonio Zaninovic used local materials such as poured finish concrete and balau wood, natural cross-ventilation, earth temperature as climactic moderator and heat-repelling glass. The house has a classic elegance punctured by precision and scale.
Architecture by Antonio Zaninovic
Lanscape and interiors by Rees Roberts + Partners LLC
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