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Clifftop Mid Century Modern Home

South African firm Antonio Zaninovic Architecture Studio renovated a 1960s house in Cape Town with designer Tara Bean and added outdoor spaces to make the most of the ocean views.

The four-story Icaria House serves as a vacation home for a South African who grew up in the city and now lives in New York. Working around the rocky site, the team added two terraces into the slope to facilitate an eight-meter descent to a new outdoor pool. These courtyards provide areas for relaxing and alfresco dining next to the entrance of the house, which is covered by an overhanging roof that is lined with thatch at the bottom. The original orientation of the house was also reconfigured as part of the project.

In contrast to the north, a new entrance has been added on the west side and large windows have been added on the west and south sides to allow a larger view. Inside, the team tore down existing walls to create more spacious, light-flooded areas. The interior walls are all painted white to complement this, and the floors are either gray stone or painted white, creating a uniform feel of space both indoors and out. Shades of blue and green in the bathroom tiles and lacquered ash cabinets in the kitchen contrast with the neutral interior and connect with the lush surroundings.

Upon entering the house there is a living room with a corner window, fireplace, and blue couch that was made especially for the project. An eclectic mix of designs from across Africa runs through the entire project, including a grass rug from Swaziland with a red Berber rug from Morocco layered over it in the seating area.

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