Casa Labia
Casa Labia


The 18th-century Venice-inspired building in St. James, Cape Town, has turned heads since 1929 where the former Count Natale Labia resided for years. This majestic building later became an embassy and was declared a national moment where it opened as a multi-functional cultural centre.

It was a true privilege for the Kojabu team to work on this piece of architectural heritage. As a building with Venitian provenance, it was the floral wallpapers that inspired the addition of a contemporary flair. The team decided to steer away from using the literal references of Venitian heritage, and rather went for vibrant colors that take your breath away and invite you into this space.

Keeping the ceiling white, the team offset the walls with eye-popping shades that remind you of the Venice water and beautiful sunset. The spaces were finished off with antique furnishings and the addition of artwork that replicated the renaissance period.