WORDS: ANDREA HARRIS • IMAGE: SAOTA
Located in Clifton, Obsidian’s site was specifically selected for its astounding views of both the Atlantic Ocean and the Twelve Apostles, but these are by no means the most remarkable features of this build which is the culmination of a two-year construction process, ending in December 2018.
Obsidian was designed by the internationally renowned architectural firm SAOTA. This exceptional home won local and international acclaim for both its architectural and engineering design. Rising more than 28m from the ground to the top floor, the structure is separated from the mountain by a void protecting it from moisture, thereby ensuring longevity.
The six levels of the home deliver a luxurious space of 1590m2 under roof, all serviced by two elevators and a glass and wooden staircase with cleverly positioned lightwells allowing for an abundance of natural light throughout.
Nicolas Whitehorn Landscape Design was responsible for the detailed garden spaces on three of the home’s levels and feature terrace gardens with eye-catching seasonal flora. A rare 150-year-old olive tree is a standout feature located on the main entertainment level. Terrace cavities were especially created to accommodate the growth of forest bush willows below. A sandstone water feature adds to a sense of deep tranquillity.
Greenery was deliberately incorporated and contrasts beautifully with the stone and concrete textures on the various levels, replicating the contrasts of its natural habitat the home so artfully mimics. As Whitehorn states, “Strong peripheral planting allowed us to settle this home softly into its environment.”
The exterior is a feast for the eyes – the varied hues of the stone gabions are complementary to those of the custom powder-coated vertical aluminium slats, enhancing visual impact while providing adjustable shade, protection from the elements and privacy on the mid-level.
The meticulous detail of the finishes elevates the space to a multi-sensory experience. Ceiling heights of up to 6m create expansive volume, while the gloss of labradorite and marble finishes by WOMAG contrasts with the extensive use of off-shutter concrete. This is in turn softened by wood cladding and wire-brushed oak floors, provided by Oggie Hardwood Flooring, in some areas.
Carbon-filled tiles feature prominently and cork is another natural element incorporated into the myriad of natural finishes. Even the ceilings garner interest with the application of pressed concrete creating the impression of a natural wood finish.
The extraordinary attention to detail is extended to the lighting ably executed by Professional Illumination Design and includes a copper Leaf Chandelier in the main living area by Lampadari.
The interiors thoughtfully achieved resonance with the natural materials used in construction. These were curated by Cecile & Boyd’s who also commissioned a number of bespoke furnishings for the home. The inclusion of magnificent artwork – sculptures by the likes of Dylan Lewis, Angus Taylor and Lionel Smit as well paintings by numerous local artists – provides the finishing touches to this masterpiece.
In addition to the five en-suite bedrooms, this home also features a 25m infinity pool installed by Island Pools, full home automation, air-con and underfloor heating throughout, 3-phase power, a full water purification system, a strong borehole and garaging for four cars with additional parking space and off-road parking.
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