The official name Abon Studio gave this project in Cape Town, South Africa is Two-Close-Between, the name being derived from the actual constraints of the site’s surroundings along with the functionality of the building.
The drivers for this project were problem solving privacy aspects whilst preserving views. This is a dual living home built on a small 450m2 site, snug between two existing properties. The main objective was to retain the views of the ocean whilst maximizing privacy between the dual living and also from the surrounding homes, which are situated around all four sides of the site.
The dual dwelling is divided by one wall and a secret door, if the wall is removed the dwelling becomes a four-bedroom single family residence. An aspect the architects are particularly proud of with this project is the amount of usable space they managed to achieve on such a small site, whilst creating spaces that do not interfere with the surrounding homes.
If there was any challenging process in this project, the Abon Studio says, it would have been fitting a three level home onto a tight site that was surrounded by other homes on all sides. The design needed to suit the client, but respect the neighbours in many aspects, which involved a lengthy design development process.
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