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Top Billing features a spectacular Fresnaye villa

Top Billing features a spectacular Moondance villa
Images: Hamish Niven Photography

Top Billing features a spectacular Fresnaye villa

As a mountain-side villa is made over for new owners, South African architect Stefan Antoni’s original design remains as fresh as the day it was built.

At the foot of Lions Head in a rare, wind-free part of the Mother City, Moondance villa is unmissable.
A multi-level contemporary design by Stefan Antoni of world-renowned architects SAOTA, the property was recently bought by new owners who commissioned architectural designer Aidan Hart to reimagine the house to their tastes.

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Images: Hamish Niven Photography

Showing ambition and daring without going over the top is a hallmark of Stefan’s architecture and it’s on full show here.
Aidan has been a designer in Singapore and Hong Kong where water is abundant but in a city facing unprecedented climactic changes and shortages, this system had to sustain itself. 

The new owners want their villa to lend itself as much to grand parties, weddings and events as it does to being a private family sanctuary for extended holidays. So, the décor is uncluttered and sophisticated.

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Images: Hamish Niven Photography

The choice of colour, finish and placement offsets the light and dark surfaces against one another and lends the design elements real punch. All Inhouse’s hard work has paid off.

The owners do what many owners of such benchmark homes do and lease it to holidaymakers from up country or abroad as well as wedding and events co-ordinators. For a honeymoon suite, this is pretty spectacular.

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Images: Hamish Niven Photography

Whether parents need a refuge from the busy-ness of their holidaying family or the house is rented over the season by groups of friends, this is effectively the self-contained penthouse suite of what feels more like your own boutique hotel.

Protected from the Cape South Easter, this property enjoys the best of a Mediterranean climate without the wind. To project manager Chris Burt, this makes the downstairs grove of mature olive trees ideal for alfresco/ outdoor dining. The villa also has an in-house solution if you’ve had one too many lazy lunches.

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The original SAOTA architecture stands as fresh and dynamic as the day it was built. Conceived to give you a total experience of the city, by day, night and all four Seasons – this design surpassed its brief and just kept on going.

Contacts:

Moondance Villa
50moondance.com

Interior Designers
Inhouse
www.inhouse.ws

Architect
SAOTA
www.saota.com

Photographer:
Hamish Niven Photography
hamishnivenphotography.co.za

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