Jenny Mills Architects

Jenny Mills Architects

Jenny Mills Architects
Jenny Mills Architects
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Head Road Glamour

Set on the Fresnaye slopes of Lion’s Head, this house has a strong visible presence as one approaches along Ocean View Drive. Powerful organic shapes and strong rock formations dominate. The feeling of the mountain shapes and the curve of the coastline were part of the inspiration for the shapes of the house. 

The existing house had to be reworked to synthesise and harmonise its shapes. The original house had no direct link with the mountain: the opportunity to have these special views as well as access from Head Road, created the case for re-modeling the entire entrance. This enabled the new penthouse—and indeed the rest of the house—to open up to the mountain and its spectacular views The original top level had severe structural constraints and had to be demolished. With careful planning, the existing shapes of the house were worked into a sculptural new façade that sits in harmony with the natural environment.

The clients both love an open feeling and wanted the entrance off Head Road to feel open and inviting.The penthouse living area has proven to be highly successful. It is a space the clients particularly enjoy. This living area is a seamless structure with limited slender supports and wide glass sliding doors, completely integrating it with the outstanding views. When the doors are open, the boundaries between interior and exterior disappear

Location
Cape Town
  • View from the back 1: modern Houses by Jenny Mills Architects

    View from the back 1

    Again we can see how the shapes of the building blend into the landscape and the windows allow fabulous views to the mountain behind

  • Head Road Glamour: modern Houses by Jenny Mills Architects

    Head Road Glamour

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  • Back of building: modern Houses by Jenny Mills Architects

    Back of building

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    The main atrium of the building showcasing the staircase, allowing views to the mountain and maintaining privacy

  • Landscape Stairs:  Corridor & hallway by Jenny Mills Architects

    Landscape Stairs

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    The front door creates the perfect threshold between inside and outside, as it is glass - the flow is great and boundary blurred

  • Head Road Glamour: modern Garden by Jenny Mills Architects

    Head Road Glamour

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    The landscaped stairs really ground the building in its context

  • Internal Stair:  Corridor & hallway by Jenny Mills Architects

    Internal Stair

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    Ideabooks: 1
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    The internal staircase in the main atrium was a design feat - it really conects the spaces well and is another scuptural element to synthesise the whole design

  • Head Road Glamour:  Corridor & hallway by Jenny Mills Architects

    Head Road Glamour

    Looking up into the atrium and skylight - in the daytime the house is filled with natural light and in the evening it is illuminated by beautiful light fittings.

  • Head Road Glamour:  Corridor & hallway by Jenny Mills Architects

    Head Road Glamour

  • Head Road Glamour:  Corridor & hallway by Jenny Mills Architects

    Head Road Glamour

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    Ideabooks: 2
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    Sculptural staircase

  • Head Road Glamour:  Corridor & hallway by Jenny Mills Architects

    Head Road Glamour

    looking up through the stairs

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