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08/03/2024 |

Project: House Flanders, Belgium

House Flanders, Belgium This house on a large, wooded lot in the Flanders region of Belgium offered SAOTA an opportunity to design a distinctive contemporary architectural object in the landscape that would simultaneously serve as a warm, outward-looking living environment and engage meaningfully with its surroundings. The principal components of the master plan…

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22/11/2023 |

Project: Stradella Ridge, Los Angeles

Cape Town’s SAOTA, alongside US architect developer David Maman and Belgian interior designer Dieter Vander Velpen, designed this Bel Air residence, perched on a steep, triangular site with striking canyon views extending from Century City to the ocean. Inspired by the site’s geometry and orientation, the exterior has a robust…

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14/11/2023 |

Project: Upper Albert

Architect Philip Olmesdahl, principal at Cape Town-based studio SAOTA, had been living near this site in the city bowl for more than 15 years, admiring it, before he managed to secure it for himself. The timing, however, was perfect. “We needed a more spacious home for my family when the…

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15/09/2023 |

Open Studios is back!

Architecture Open Studios is returning to Cape Town this October, bringing together architects, and built environment professionals in this popular industry event. We’re excited to be a sponsor this year and to welcome you to our studio in Cape Town! Open Studios invites you to see the behind the scenes…

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05/07/2023 |

Unveiling the Extraordinary: SAOTA, ARRCC & OKHA celebrates African Heritage and Design innovation at Decorex Cape Town 2023

Decorex Cape Town 2023 was a captivating event that brought together the finest names in the world of décor and design. Three renowned brands, SAOTA, ARRCC, and OKHA, had the honour of participating as exhibitors, showcasing their creative brilliance through their distinctive stand design. By using immersive content projection, it…

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22/11/2022 |

SAOTA Student Open Day 2022

On Thursday, 3 November 2022, SAOTA opened its doors to 160 architectural students in and around Cape Town and offered a tour of our studio.    SAOTA invited Architecture and Architectural Technology students from first year to masters to experience the studio first-hand. Students were given a tour of the…

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20/09/2022 |

UPDATE: Wonderful Wupperthal

During an emotional day on Sunday 11 September 2022, the first 14 re-built houses at Wupperthal were handed back to the owners. The Institute was instrumental in making this happen. On new year’s eve of 2018, a fire in the small Moravian Mission town in the Cedarberg burnt down many…

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09/09/2022 |

SAOTA Principal Greg Truen at REDA 2022, Nigeria

The Real Estate Discussions and Awards (REDA) 2022 is a two-day conference, exhibition and award ceremony organised by Thinkmint Nigeria. It is centred around discussions, bespoke networking opportunities, and learnings to further improve real estate trends and transactions in the region across the global real estate market. SAOTA Principal Greg…

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11/07/2022 |

Three SAOTA projects shortlisted for WAF 2022

The World Architecture Festival (WAF) is the largest interactive architectural awards programme and festival globally. Three SAOTA designed projects – Buffelsdrift, in Ladismith, South Africa, Starlight in Arizona, USA and project One in Dakar, Senegal – have been shortlisted as finalists for WAF 2022. Buffelsdrift is a working farm that…

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20/12/2021 |

SAOTA’s La Reserve Highly Commended at WAF 2021

La Reserve, a hotel resort situated on the outskirts of Dakar, was Highly Commended in the Leisure Led Development – Future Project category at The World Architecture Festival (WAF) 2021. WAF is the largest interactive global architectural awards programme and festival, and due to COVID-19, a digital event was held…

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22/11/2021 |

Kloof House Awarded Silver at WAN Awards

SAOTA’s residential project, Kloof House in Cape Town, South Africa, received Silver at the World Architecture News (WAN) Awards 2021 in the House of the Year specialist category. The global WAN Awards celebrates excellent architecture; now in its 13th year, the awards programme recognises the outstanding works of innovative, visionary,…

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Buffelsdrift receives 2021 CIfA Award for Architecture

In recognition of noteworthy contributions to architecture, Buffelsdrift, located west of Ladismith in the arid Klein Karoo region of the Western Cape, has been awarded a 2021 Cape Institute for Architecture (CIfA) Award. A collaborative project between SAOTA and Jaco Booyens Architect, a specialist in clay buildings, Buffelsdrift also received…

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23/10/2021 |

SAOTA awarded Gold for Architecture at Loeries 2021

SAOTA’s project Kloof House took home Gold at the 43rd Annual Loeries Awards, in the Design category for Architecture. Winners were announced during Loeries Creative Week (21 – 22 October 2021) in Cape Town, which welcomed hundreds of creatives from across Africa and the Middle East. The awards programme recognises the…

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12/07/2021 |

SAOTA projects shortlisted for WAF 2021

Two SAOTA designed projects – DDS in São Paulo, Brazil and La Reserve in Dakar, Senegal – have been shortlisted as finalists for the World Architecture Festival (WAF) Awards 2021. DDS is SAOTA’s first project in Brazil and is shortlisted in the House – Future Project category. The design of…

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02/07/2021 |

The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Bodrum designed by SAOTA

Designed by South African architecture studio SAOTA and developed by Aksoy Holding of Turkey, The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Bodrum is the first stand-alone branded residences for Marriott International in the Europe, Middle East, and Africa region. Set on a 126,000 sqm private peninsula, The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Bodrum is in Yalıkavak, a…

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10/03/2020 |

UCT Students visit SAOTA

In February 2020, a group of third-year architecture students from the University of Cape Town (UCT) visited the SAOTA Studio. The key purpose of the visit was to expose the students to the day to day tasks and responsibilities of an architect and to share insights on how the business…

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18/12/2019 |

Rolling & Raising Funds for Movember

SAOTA, ARRCC and OKHA staff rallied together in support of Movember – the annual fundraising event and awareness campaign for men’s health issues such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer and suicide. Movember initially started out as an awareness campaign with men around the world growing their moustaches during the month…

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SAOTA at the 2nd Hotel Development Conclave 2019

SAOTA Director, Greg Truen, was invited to the 2nd Hotel Development Conclave as a keynote speaker and panellist, held at the Radisson Blue in Sandton, Johannesburg at the end of November. The exclusive conclave brings together Investors, Hoteliers, Architects, Interior Designers, Project Management Companies, Construction Companies to name a few….

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SAOTA at Downtown Design 2019

Downtown Design, a key event at Dubai Design Week, is the Middle East’s leading platform for trade professionals to experience and discover high quality and original design. SAOTA Director, Philip Olmesdahl, was invited as a panellist alongside industry leaders Ferdinand Cheung from LWK + PARTNERS, Dr. Nasser B. Abdulhasan from…

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07/11/2019 |

Architectural Open Studios 2019

Architectural Open Studios – a Cape Institute for Architecture initiative – forms part of Open Design Afrika Festival’s city-wide celebration of design, hosted from 23 – 27 October. SAOTA, ARRCC, OKHA and Tenebris Lab opened its doors on 24 October offering guests a tour of the Studio while presenting new…

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27/08/2019 |

Neuländer Quarree shortlisted for WAF 2019

Neuländer Quarree, SAOTA’s concept design for a mixed-use development in Hamburg, Germany has been shortlisted as a finalist for the World Architecture Festival (WAF) Awards 2019 in the Residential Future Project category. The project was the winning proposal of an architectural competition earlier this year. “What sets this project apart…

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08/08/2019 |

SAOTAseed with Zonnebloem High School

On Friday, 12 July 2019, students from Zonnebloem High School visited the SAOTA studio to participate in the SAOTAseed programme. The upliftment programme introduces students to career paths in Architecture, Interior Design, IT, BIM and 3D, Media, Marketing and Graphic Design. Introductions are done through workshops hosted by the different…

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23/07/2019 |

SAOTA at Nigeria BuildExpo 2019

SAOTA Director, Greg Truen, was invited as a guest speaker at the Nigeria BuildExpo 2019. Now in its fourth year, the international summit is focussed on construction, building materials, design, and technologies. Organised by Elan Expo, this year’s exhibition was hosted at the end of June at the Landmark Centre…

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03/06/2019 |

Delft Technical High School visits SAOTA

On Thursday, 02 May 2019, SAOTA welcomed Delft Technical High School for the first SAOTAseed programme of the year. In its third year running, SAOTAseed is SAOTA’s community upliftment programme; a multi-tiered one-day workshop introducing scholars to careers in Architecture, Interior Architecture, Interior Design, Media and PR, Graphic Design, IT,…

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31/05/2019 |

Kloof 119A Awarded Global Nomination Award

At the 9th International Space Design Award Idea-Tops, SAOTA was awarded a Global Nomination Award for project Kloof 119A. The awards ceremony was held on Saturday, 27 April 2019 in Shenzhen, China. The International Space Design Award Idea-Tops is the most influential, internationalised and authoritative design award in China, which…

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29/03/2019 |

SAOTA opens LIGHT SPACE LIFE exhibition in ZÜRICH

On 21 March 2019, international architecture firm SAOTA opened LIGHT SPACE LIFE in Zürich, Switzerland. More than just a showcase of the award-winning firm’s work, the exhibition explores the synthesis of these core ideas within the work that has established SAOTA as an integral part of the global architectural landscape….

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20/03/2019 |

LIGHT SPACE LIFE – A SAOTA EXHIBITION IN ZÜRICH

International architecture firm SAOTA opens LIGHT SPACE LIFE in Zürich, Switzerland this month. More than just a showcase of the award-winning firm’s work, the exhibition explores the synthesis of these core ideas within the work that has established SAOTA as an integral part of the global architectural landscape. LIGHT. The…

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