Ouat House in Abidjan
This new home in the most exclusive part of Abidjan was supposed to have a full basement, but the high water table made this impossible. It was, therefore, decided to create a lower ground floor, which was constructed above the water table, with an upper ground floor and a first floor.
The steel, glass, and concrete home covers 961sq.m. on a 3200sq.m. stand near the lagoon and presidential compound. On the lower ground floor, a home theatre and a recording studio are placed adjoining an atrium and a covered patio next to the pool.
Half a storey higher is the ground floor, comprising of the family room and bar, open plan to the kitchen, and a more formal dining room, the lanai, four garages, and a staff cottage. An elevator connects all the floors.
While the street elevations are quite private, the south side of the house, comprising the living rooms, flows out to the garden and pool with full glass walls.
On the upper ground floor, there are two guest suites, a study, a man cave overlooking the recording studio, and a gymnasium next to the atrium.
On the first floor is the main suite, with a private lounge and a linen room. Several balconies surround these areas along with a few roof gardens.