A tranquil tropical hideaway

Emma House

Emma House was conceived to be an artistic refuge, a place of inspiration, contemplation, and tranquility next to nature. Placed on an irregular land of 850m² in a gated community located at Camps Bay (the premier tourist destination in Cape Town), the building consists of a volume made by two floors that depict the formal simplicity of the design: a rectangular ground floor plan and an upper floor that, as offset of the level below, is slightly rotated and gently cantilevered over the edge of a concrete wall. The owner wanted something radical to live in, with simple forms, natural light, privacy and direct views to the ocean.

The ground floor contains the entrance lobby, a guest bedroom with bathroom, an atelier, a toilet, a storage/laundry room and a living area (sitting room, dining room and kitchen) open to a garden with swimming pool. The upper floor houses two bedrooms with walk-in-closet and bathrooms and a terrace. The house is characterized by a central void which (around it) generates an empty space for the social use of the family screened by wooden vertical elements.