April 16, 2020
Perched on the clifftops of Clifton, an exclusive suburb of Cape Town, the Pengilly house is an uber-luxurious home disguised as a Bond villain's lair. Created by the architects at Peerutin with interiors by Silvio Rech + Lesley Carstens, the design of the house is inspired by mid-century American architecture, especially the modernist houses of John Lautner.
The lower two levels of the building, cladded in sandstone to blend into the site, house support areas and a sleek spa, complete with a sauna and pool finished in marble, granite and wood panelling. The main living areas and bedrooms are housed in curvilinear structures above, the slanted floor-to-ceiling windows creating the semblance of a beached UFO. There are multiple outdoor lounging areas, crowned by an infinity pool offering stupendous views of the Atlantic ocean below.
The interior is a sleek haven of retro-futurist luxe, from the sunken seating of the semi-circular living area to the glamorously bar counter, finished in dark wood in contrast to the rough board-marked concrete.
This is a stunning house which maintains a discrete presence despite its substantial size and iconic design. For a house located in a prime location atop what is reputedly the most expensive area in South Africa, we wouldn't expect anything less.
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