Nestled on the slopes of Table Mountain, this home is a feat of engineering and architectural ingenuity, reflected in the choice and finishes of the Valcucine Forma Mentis kitchen.
With Table Mountain as the backdrop and the city of Cape Town below, every design aspect of this home is aimed to reflect the dramatic surrounds. The feeling is one of entering an enchanted nest that floats above the city in most part achieved by the generous use of glass and timber.
The client brief: a kitchen of seamless quality – an extension of the home’s award-winning design, which itself is a continuation of the woody site complete with age-old trees, mountain rock and a natural stream running through it. The Forma Mentis program was used because of its flush and streamlined quality, making it a contemporary furniture extension rather than a standard kitchen.
All appliances are hidden or colour matched where possible. Black sinks, taps and appliances are out of sight in a small scullery area and cannot be viewed from the dining area. Even the extractor fan of the flush gas hob goes unnoticed inside the Aerius wall unit.
The use of walnut-veneer paneling on the kitchen island and beneath the Aerius wall-unit along the back wall warms the space, whilst at the same time connects to the enchanted woodland location.
Regarding functionality and a clever use of space, a stand out feature of this kitchen is the stainless steel equipped section along the back-run. It is installed within the work surface making it very ergonomic. It also exploits all the available space without disturbing the view and this is because of how seamlessly it has been installed.
Understated, yet sophisticated this kitchen doesn’t disturb, but blends effortlessly with nature and its surroundings.
Program used: Forma Mentis
Special units included: Aerius Wall Unit, Equipped Section
Appliances used: Gaggenau, Siemens, Barazza, Miele
Finishes: Angel Skin black, walnut veneer, warm matt black glass
Worktop: Flamed and Brushed Nero Assoluto granite
Project date: Completed 2019