The St. Tropez Project – Creating Extraordinary Properties with SAOTA
Prestigious architectural firm SAOTA specializes in creating extraordinary properties in destination-based locations. Their project St. Tropez is the pinnacle of their work, exuding sophistication and charm.
St. Tropez has officially been modernized with the addition of a SAOTA residence. The award-winning architecture firm, known for creating unrivalled commercial and residential spaces, has done it again with the completion of this artful contemporary residence.
Located near the Plage de Pampelonne and close to the famous Le Club 55, this modern, carefully considered residential design stands out among the more traditional homes that make up the surrounding neighbourhood. In a location that embodies the lifestyle of St. Tropez — luxurious, freeing and stunningly beautiful — the St. Tropez residence by SAOTA infuses the area with a feeling of newness and unique style.
Made to appreciate the seamless indoor-outdoor living that St. Tropez is known for, SAOTA’s housing addition comprises horizontal designs made of contrasting elements: green hedges at street level are set against a backdrop of sleek planks of wood that make up the cubic exterior of this destination dwelling. Facing perfectly south and situated on a sloped site, the St. Tropez residence also features a garden plot, fitted with a living and dining area that flows effortlessly into a pool and sun-bathing terrace. Says the architect of the space, Stefan Antoni, “It is restrained and yet refined. A great series of indoor and outdoor living spaces.”
The beauty of this outdoor-friendly location doesn’t stop there: it’s also outfitted with a rotunda and an outdoor lounge and cocktail bar, located on a vast lawn. A pine forest surrounds the area, creating privacy and a feeling of intimacy within this expansive space. In contrast to the mood of pine, the front of the house is framed by palm trees, lending a tropical sensibility to the modernity of this design.
Moving inside, open-concept spacing and unique architectural style has been applied throughout the residence, which plays between the use of solid walls, high ceilings and windows, sliding doors and large, welcoming doorways. Elements of the second floor of the house have been unified by the linearity of the exterior framing and components of the lush garden courtyard.
Textured travertine panels and plaster panels add a modern take on St. Tropez’s typical stucco finishings. The placement of these components also accounts for subtle vertical openings between the external panels to incorporate state-of-the-art lighting techniques and a spark of intrigue. A solid wood front door, set with a freeform bronze handle, welcomes you home.
Upon entering, be greeted a double-volume foyer with a capiz shell chandelier. Its neutral, natural colour palette offers an organic feel alongside timber and glass furniture and accents of charcoal. A short tour of the home will reveal an extensive art collection; dramatic windows that showcase unmatched views of the pool and garden area; a sunken living level with lounge, dining room and kitchen; Boffi cabinetry and Gaggenau appliances; and Minotti and Patricia Urquiola pieces. A guest bedroom sits on the other side of a gorgeous courtyard garden with water feature and olive tree.
The inspiration for SAOTA’s latest design came from mixing contemporary styles with Côte d’Azur living, typically known for being more Mediterranean and functional in its spaces. SAOTA would like to introduce the same laid-back feeling of the Mediterranean with a more opulent, modern mood.
photos courtesy of SAOTA