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Tranquility in the Spa House, Hout Bay

Situated in the coastal suburb of Hout Bay, Cape Town the Spa House designed by Metropolis Design is a testament to innovative architecture.



This mountainside home is integrated into the powerful natural surroundings on the urban edge of Hout Bay. With views overlooking the bay and harbour, the house is surrounded by weathered sandstone formations and breathtaking natural beauty.



According to the architects the primary design intention was to integrate the building with the powerful landscape and to derive its poetics from the qualities of its surroundings. The Spa House is separated from the principal residence by a berm, and is connected to it by foot paths.



The client wanted a place for entertainment and relaxation for him and his guests that would also be accommodated at the house.



It incorporates swimming pools, guest accommodation, spa facilities and general living and poolside areas. The house is conceived of as a hovering set of elements, suspended over a large waterscape, which forms an extended terrace on the mountainside.



Water constitutes the primary experience of the building. The floor planes are arranged to provide contrasting experiences of water, and the underwater spa with large viewing windows into the pool has a sense of stillness and mystery. 



The guest accommodation block hovers dramatically over the water and projects into space towards the mountain and sea. The dining area is submerged below water level, and pool decks are arranged as islands in a sea of water, connected by a bridge.



The building masses are arranged in a dynamic composition, across and counter to the contours of the landscape. 



The ground floor opens up entirely to the landscape and the interior and exterior finishes are continuous, to minimise the distinction between inside and outside and enhance the experience of the building as a light platform in a vast landscape. 



(Photos courtesy of Metropolis Design )



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