Top Shelf: Montrose House by SAOTA


High on the ridge of Bishopscourt in Cape Town, this unique site resulted from the demolition of an existing house. The SAOTA architects built the Montrose Mansion including panoramic vistas towards the south and west from the bedrooms and living rooms; while the pool and terraces are located on the north-east side, in a courtyard protected from the Southeaster gales by the intersecting linear forms of the house.

The double-winged roof, floating above the bedroom wing, and virtually glass box-enclosed living rooms, are the main architectural features. These are complemented by secondary architectural elements such as the cantilevered end of the main entrance feature wall and the floating stone-clad fireplace.



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