Cape Town-based SAOTA (Stefan Antoni Olmesdahl Truen Architects), in collaboration with Antoni Associates (interiors), completed yet another jaw-dropping residence. Located in the Houghton suburb of Johannesburg on a slightly sloped, tree-filled lot, the U-shaped home sits around a central courtyard giving access to all spots in the residence.

6th 1448 Houghton Residence ZM by SAOTA and Antoni Associates in architecture  Category

6th 1448 Houghton Residence ZM by SAOTA and Antoni Associates in architecture  Category

The indoors blends with the outdoors with low patios making access easy. The structure also features floor-to-ceiling windows that slide open making the separation disappear.

6th 1448 Houghton Residence ZM by SAOTA and Antoni Associates in architecture  Category

Move closer into the courtyard and you spot the pool nestled into the U-shape making it completely private from prying eyes.

6th 1448 Houghton Residence ZM by SAOTA and Antoni Associates in architecture  Category

The wood room divider is simply fantastic!

6th 1448 Houghton Residence ZM by SAOTA and Antoni Associates in architecture  Category

6th 1448 Houghton Residence ZM by SAOTA and Antoni Associates in architecture  Category

Also in the central part of the house is a spiral staircase that wraps around like a curled ribbon in the double height living room.

6th 1448 Houghton Residence ZM by SAOTA and Antoni Associates in architecture  Category

Every room has views to the outdoors, including the kitchen.

6th 1448 Houghton Residence ZM by SAOTA and Antoni Associates in architecture  Category

6th 1448 Houghton Residence ZM by SAOTA and Antoni Associates in architecture  Category

6th 1448 Houghton Residence ZM by SAOTA and Antoni Associates in architecture  Category

The second floor comes complete with the slatted shutters to block out some of the sun.

6th 1448 Houghton Residence ZM by SAOTA and Antoni Associates in architecture  Category

I kinda wish that staircase was a slide into the pool.

6th 1448 Houghton Residence ZM by SAOTA and Antoni Associates in architecture  Category

6th 1448 Houghton Residence ZM by SAOTA and Antoni Associates in architecture  Category

6th 1448 Houghton Residence ZM by SAOTA and Antoni Associates in architecture  Category

6th 1448 Houghton Residence ZM by SAOTA and Antoni Associates in architecture  Category

6th 1448 Houghton Residence ZM by SAOTA and Antoni Associates in architecture  Category

6th 1448 Houghton Residence ZM by SAOTA and Antoni Associates in architecture  Category

6th 1448 Houghton Residence ZM by SAOTA and Antoni Associates in architecture  Category

6th 1448 Houghton Residence ZM by SAOTA and Antoni Associates in architecture  Category

Photos by Adam Letch and Elsa Young.