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The house you’re about to see is one of the most beautiful houses in the world. Oops, did I already said this for some other houses I published here on Architecture Beast? Probably. But none of them were like Nettleton 198. Take a look, you will be amazed how beautiful design ideas this home has.

Alright, let’s say something about this amazing piece of modern architecture. There’s a big chance you’ve already seen Nettleton 198 somewhere on the internet before. It went online in 2011 after it was built and almost every architecture/design website/blog published it. Yes, it really is one of the most beautiful houses in the world. Nettleton 198 is designed by seriously talented, which stands for Stefan Antoni Olmesdahl Truen Architects. You already had the chance to meet this architecture firm through their previous projects published here on Architecture Beast, this amazing modern mansion and this gorgeous small apartment.

So, what makes Nettleton 198 one of the most beautiful houses in the world? I don’t even know where to start. It is located in Clifton, an affluent suburb of Cape Town in South Africa. is known as an exclusive residential area and it is home to some of the most expensive real estate in South Africa. As you can guess, this home is located on the cliffs, offering priceless views of Atlantic ocean and all the magic that goes with it.

Speaking of design, I was amazed with a lot of details and architectural solutions. But I would like to point out a few. First, black marble walls with timber floors and, wait for it, an impressive backlit blue glass installation which I have no idea how to call, but it looks incredible and creates beautiful atmosphere. Modern living room, open to the ocean, large terrace with infinity swimming pool, glass walls offering the same priceless views, etc. The whole house is designed to be perfect and to offer its residents the best possible living experience they can get.

For those who are still reading this, a few words from the architects: “Inspiration was drawn from the mountain and dark colours were used on the facade, allowing the building to visually recede into the mountain instead of being an obtrusive construction”, says Greg Truen, Project Partner. The site enjoys spectacular views, both of the sea and Lions Head and these views and the impact of the sun were key informants contributing to the overall design.

The sun being both a defining and also harsh influence on the property inspired the choice of screens, shutters and louvres that give the lower levels its distinctive gravitas. The living room can open up onto the west and the east completely, giving it the feeling of an open pavilion.” – SAOTA



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