PROFILE - SAOTA Architecture and Design
ZA Hatfield 109

ZA Hatfield 109




A minimalist home, commanding a 270 degree view of Lions Head, Camps Bay and the Atlantic Ocean, the living spaces of this home are highly transparent to take full advantage of these views.








SAOTA is a firm of architectural designers and technologists including in-house CGI and marketing teams, as well as a strong support staff. It is driven by the dynamic combination of Stefan Antoni, Philip Olmesdahl, Greg Truen, Phillippe Fouché and Mark Bullivant who share a potent vision easily distinguished in their design. This, paired with both an innovative and dedicated approach to the execution of projects, has seen SAOTA become internationally sought-after, receiving numerous awards and commendations from some of the most respected institutions worldwide. Capitalising on a unique understanding of an ever-evolving industry, SAOTA continues to build on past experiences and is well positioned to offer expert services to the corporate, institutional, commercial and residential marketplace. With roots in South Africa, SAOTA now has an international footprint with projects on five continents.


The architectural designers are highly skilled and experienced, which allows schemes to be conceptualised in dynamic, yet legible presentations. This allows the design process to develop swiftly with the precise method of achieving objectives and testing the solutions comprehensively. SAOTA have done a substantial amount of projects abroad and have skills in achieving the project requirements set. The design architects are backed up by an advanced computer aided drawing office capable of detailed 3D analysis and presentation.
The office has developed advanced technical skills related to, i) Construction Detailing, ii) Building Services and iii) Contract Administration of projects. Further in working on projects abroad the office has had experience with multi- disciplinary project teams made up of consultants from companies from various countries.
SAOTA have developed advanced systems for co-ordination of the projects across all 5 Stages of the architect’s service. This ensures that client presentations, design reviews, Technical Documentation, Tendering and Contract Administration are managed to the highest quality standards. SAOTA has adopted the NCS (National CAD Standard) as developed by the American National Institute of Building Sciences. This greatly simplifies the exchange of building design and construction data between the members of the team by standardising the formatting of electronic data. SAOTA has also converted to REVIT, the leading Building Information Modelling (BIM) software available. Allowing us to develop and document a building in a 3 dimensional environment. Any changes are immediately co-ordinated through the entire documentation package. It also gives us unprecedented control over the coordination of structure and services when working with consultants using the same platform.


SAOTA has come a long way in reducing our carbon footprint both in our office and in our design methodology. We are dedicated to Energy efficient design and have developed design principles to ensure that new projects are designed with this in mind. We have transformed our approach to sustainability and are constantly implementing these changes in new projects and introducing new policies to strengthen this commitment. SAOTA recently completed the New Engineering Building for the University of Cape Town. The Building was designed to achieve a 4 Star Green rating. Together with a Green Consultant, a speculative rating tool was developed combining the Australian tool with the local office building rating tool as there isn’t yet a developed rating tool for educational buildings in South Africa. Energy modelling and analysis show that the New Engineering Building would use approximately 50% less energy than a notional building designed in accordance with South African National Standard 204 which addresses Energy Efficiency. Two key members of our team were also involved with the BP Corporate Headquarters in the V&A Waterfront designed by KrugerRoos Architects. The BP Headquarters was one of the pioneering Green buildings in South Africa and got a 4 Star Green rating. SAOTA has also participated in an Architectural bid for the NMMU Business School that was also required to have a 4 Star equivalent rating. SAOTA’s bid was among the top 5 submissions of over 36 national submissions.


The SAOTA Group has a strong Social Responsibility presence. Besides our frequent mentoring and upskilling through internships, forums and judging at competitions and events – we also look to assist those who aren’t directly involved in design & architecture and expose them to the industry. We support the 9 Miles project which aim to uplift sects of society through youth development, recreational sports like surfing, close mentoring programmes and growth through activities centred around arts & culture. We also support Bottoms Up, which supports the educational theory after which it is named. Like unpacking a giant jigsaw, so the human brain develops and our sponsorship of this programme means the next generation can be more equipped for future learning through increased resources and support. The company supports UCT Masters Students on educational overseas trip and has done so for three years. The support assists previously disadvantaged students, allowing them to participate in the trip and enjoy a remarkable professional and personal experience.