South African Noero Architects has built an appealing beach house on a rocky peninsula located at an hour’s drive from central Cape Town. Dubbed Castle Rock Beach House, it features a glass wall on the front that maximizes sea views and a mechanized glass roof that offers uninterrupted sea and sky views.
For the project, the firm had to work according to stringent local planning regulations, which did increase the overall build time but benefitted Noero Architects by providing the architecture team with more time to finish a wonderful structure. It is a modest 200-square-meter water-front home.
There are concrete walls on three sides and a glass wall on the front that opens up to provides expansive panorama. In addition, the wooden paneling on the exterior improves the overall look. The mechanized glass roof measures 6m x 3m and has been equipped with a solar shade system.
Jo Noero, director of Noero Architects explained to Wallpaper, “the glass roof is included in the design strategically so that the house lets in fresh air yet being protected from the strong winds on beach.”
On the other hand, the white concrete, paint-free walls are designed in a way that they reflect time and the effect of the weather on the building. To add sophistication to all living spaces, it included rounded edges on beams and plinths and also has a rooftop garden. The house has bedrooms on the upper level, kitchen in the middle, while a multipurpose area can be found on the lower level.
Noero Architects has challenged the notions of luxury in the Castle Rock Beach House as they believe that a good house can also be built in a small footprint.