Internationally Renowned Cape Town-Based Firms SAOTA And ARRCC Designed A New Line Of Luxury Floating Villas, Each Starting At About R450m.

By Mia Russell

Luxury knows no bounds and this couldn’t be truer than for the latest project by a team of Cape Town architects. Internationally Renowned Cape Town-Based Firms SAOTA And ARRCC Have Designed A New Line Of Luxury Floating Villas, Each Starting At About R450m. The futuristic villas will take to the water at the end of 2021.

The firms were enlisted by Finnish group Admares, a leading, high-end “marine housing” company known for its floating hotels and villas. Some of Admare’s designs can be seen in the Dubai Canal, including at the foot of the famous Burj Al Arab hotel. The company was responsible for designing and building the world’s largest floating villa, which spans 6,000m2 across three floors, and features outdoor terraces and Jacuzzis.

When home is a floating ‘island’ paradise

SAOTA and ARRCC came together to design a floating villa prototype that boasts two floors with six bedrooms. It also has an infinity pool on deck, a “pyjama lounge”, and a split rock face facade adorned with water features and tropical plants to give it an island feel. Huge rectangular windows stretch along the length of the villa, creating a seamless connection with the surrounding ocean. Interiors boast designer decor and furnishings with curved organic shapes to mimic the ripples of the ocean.

    Elements of bronze, marble and mirrors dominate throughout, and living spaces are lit by natural light through the large floor-to-ceiling windows offering endless ocean views. 

Energy-wise the floating villa is fully sustainable with solar power. It has solar thermal collectors to heat the interior when outdoor temperatures drop, and seawater cooling systems to circulate cool air when it’s hot. Potable water production plants and sewage treatment are incorporated into the structure’s hull.

Floating villas are self-sufficient and sustainable

According to Admares, the floating villas are not intended for the open sea. Instead they can be docked at any waterfront location where the water is calm. Walkways are connected to the mainland and the villa can draw grid power when in port. Admares marketing director Joni Rantasalo said the floating villas were made available to real-estate developers around the world. The concept was not country specific, but a global product.

    “We are aiming to have the first construction agreements in hand during 2021. These luxury villas will sell starting from $30m (R447.9m) depending on development location and customisation level,” he said.

SAOTA director Philip Olmesdahl said it was an exciting project to be part of. He said SAOTA was able to design a villa reflecting the character and taste of the owner, while retaining the expansive character and ease of living SAOTA was known for.

This news was originally published at The South African.