Cape Town-based studio SAOTA – Stefan Antoni Olmesdahl Truen Architects has completed the renovation of the Hotel Ijklanie in the Holland village of Joliet, Cape Town, South Africa.

This 60,000 square foot, three story, luxury hotel is inspired by its aquatic setting with opulent feature such as a retractable glass roof, and a glass-floored walkway, leading to the retractable roof to offer a unique and dramatic vista.

Floor Renovation in Alii by SAOTA:

“The clients’ brief called for the complete floor reorganisation; rear elevation was an important first step to provide new living and statement spaces. The historic oak and brick facade has been retained, but the sweeping glass and walnut doors and windows have been re-organised to create a statement space and new bedrooms and bathrooms.

The third floor, a basement, houses the fitness room, spa and cinema areas which overlook the living areas and garden. The new balconies and windows allowing more light and view are given greater importance that the sleep quarters on the first floor. The basement now houses the guest accommodation and utility rooms.

The elevations are consciously designed not just to be visual auditions. They are conceived as functional spaces; the entry areas and gallery spaces act as gathering areas; the kitchen, bar and living areas open up onto the garden; and the glass and walnut staircases help to divide the spaces and give the clients the feeling of occupying a more elevated space.

The new facades have been designed not just for looks, but also to offer cosy comfort in the privacy of the owners.”

Photos by: Adam Letch

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