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Cove 3 house designed by SAOTA, an award winning architectural firm based in Cape Town, South Africa. There task was to create a house for a Johannesburg based family that could be both a family residence as well as a holiday home. The plot situated in the cove development at Pezula Estate outside Knysna, South Africa. This location is characterized by spectacular sea views to the East and to the South. All elements of the house, including the high and sloped roof, tall glass walls, outdoor deck, and infinity-edge pool, contribute to the residence’s south-facing orientation. Also, the architectural design provides a single living space in combination with a single roof element, which appears to float over it. A large triangular cut-out in the roof reinforces a connection with the sky.

In addition to this, the interiors are uncluttered and reflect the easy living requirements of the clients. Spaces are sparse, and have been furnished minimalistically which emphasise the strong architectural lines and volume of the architecture. The furniture is modern, and a number of bespoke pieces sourced from the designer’s retail outlet OKHA. Also, a neutral palette of ivory, stone and shell complement the natural architectural timber and concrete finishes selected throughout. The contrast with the external approach is very powerful.

Once insides, a grand stair pulls on onto the living level which holds the kitchen, dining room and living room. To the right the landscaping pulled into the building, blurring the distinction between the inside and the outside. The Cove 3 house also features an L-shaped extension to the South West that houses the two children’s bedrooms. Surely, this home is a truly luxurious home for the owner with incredible views to the nature.

The Architecture Design Project Information:

  • Project Name: Cove 3 House
  • Location: Knysna, South Africa
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Site Area: 3 253 m2
  • Project Area: 1 059 m2
  • Designed by: SAOTA
The house approached from the uphill side of the site.
Cove 3 maintains seamless connection with landscape & Ocean by SAOTA
The house orients itself toward the ocean, with expansive openings to the South and East.


Cove 3 maintains seamless connection with landscape & Ocean by SAOTA
A large sliding doors link the living room to the outdoor deck and pool.
Cove 3 maintains seamless connection with landscape & Ocean by SAOTA
Also, the infinity edge of the pool visually blends with the ocean beyond.


Cove 3 maintains seamless connection with landscape & Ocean by SAOTA
A spiral stair connects the living level to a private lounge and the master bedroom on a mezzanine level. This stair was conceived as a sculptural element in the large volume to again mitigate the scale of this space. Then, this spiral drops through the floor to a lower level which houses a guest bedroom, a home theatre and a living room.
Frameless glass sliding doors fold away to connect the master bedroom to an upper level patio.


Cove 3 maintains seamless connection with landscape & Ocean by SAOTA
Indeed,the choice of materials, off-shutter concrete, Rheinzink roofing, timber cladding, stone and exposed aggregate will allow the building to fade into the landscape as it ages. 
Besides, the beautiful bathroom interior design with large windows from the ceiling to the floor.

The Cove 3 House Gallery:

Text by the Architects: Sited on a cliff-top estate in Pezula, Knysna, this home was designed to be integrated into the topography and natural colour of the fynbos flora, maintaining a seamless connection with landscape and ocean

Photo credit: John Devonport| Source: SAOTA

For more information about this project; please contact the Architecture firm :
– Add: 109 Hatfield Street, Gardens, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
– Tel: +27 (0)21 468 4400
– Email: [email protected]

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