Located in a tranquil corner of Cape Town’s Hout Bay valley, backed up against rugged mountainside and swathes of forest, it’s to be expected that this multi-level contemporary home with its naked glass walls, carefully oriented for privacy, would offer some outstanding views. It might be set on a secluded residential estat
A daring steel-and-glass tower makes this family home in Northcliff Ridge
Although Frans Venter always intended to build his house himself, he and his wife, Ronel, commissioned architect Karin Harcus-Harrison to design their new home when they managed to snag a rare, open piece of land on Northcliff Ridge. They already liked Karin’s approach, which focuses on space-making rather than any particular style, so they set out their requirements and gave her free rein to see what she would come up with.
Frans jokes that he didn't actually know what their new home would look like until he’d finished building it. 'It was a total surprise to me,' he says. 'Once it was complete, I stepped back, loo