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Clifton Terraces Apartments in Cape Town, South Africa by SAOTA

Sunday, December 26th, 2021

Article source: SAOTA

Clifton Terraces apartments on Victoria Road, Cape Town, designed by SAOTA, makes a striking but sensitively integrated architectural statement in the area’s distinctive cliffside setting.

The development recedes from the street in a series of stepped, articulated terraces that follow the site’s natural contours, boasting panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean and local landmarks such as Table Mountain and Clifton’s series of sheltered beaches.

Image Courtesy © Adam Letch & Niel Vosloo

  • Architects: SAOTA
  • Project: Clifton Terraces Apartments
  • Location: Cape Town, South Africa
  • Photography: Adam Letch & Niel Vosloo
  • SAOTA Project Team: Philip Olmesdahl, Mark Bullivant, Edward Peinke, Jo Nel, Christian Liebenberg, Melissa de Freitas, Peter Harel & Lichumile Monakali
  • Developer: Taupo Holdings (Pty) Ltd
  • Project Manager: SIP Project Managers (Pty) Ltd
  • Contractor: Haw & Inglis
  • Structural & Civil Engineer: JG Afrika
  • Electrical & Mechanical Engineer: Sutherland Engineers
  • Quantity Surveyor: De Leeuw
  • Pool Consultant: All Round Pools
  • Landscape Architect: Square One
  • Interior Design: ARRCC
  • Bespoke Furniture: OKHA

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Two Close Between in Cape Town, South Africa by Abon Studio

Friday, February 26th, 2021

Article source: Abon Studio

The official name we gave this project is Two-Close-Between, the name is derived from the actual constraints of the site’s surroundings along with the functionality of the building.

The drivers for this project were problem solving privacy aspects whilst preserving views. This is a dual living home built on a small 450m2 site, snug between two existing properties. The main objective was to retain the views of the ocean whilst maximizing privacy between the dual living and also from the surrounding homes, which are situated around all four sides of the site.

Image Courtesy © Abon Studio

  • Architects: Abon Studio
  • Project: Two Close Between
  • Location: Cape Town, South Africa
  • Building area (m²): Site – 446m2 Building Area – 550m2
  • Completion Year: 2020

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35 Lower Long in Cape Town, South Africa by dhk Architects

Sunday, February 21st, 2021

Article source: dhk Architects

35 Lower Long, an elegant 86-metre glass-clad office tower, has recently been completed which will invigorate Cape Town’s emerging financial and hospitality district. The building, developed by Abland Property Developers and designed by dhk Architects, is characterised by a singular sculpted massing which is transformed via dynamic glazed planes that extend seamlessly over the office and parking levels. The two main corners of the building are chamfered towards the roofline and soar upwards, forming a striking wing-like effect – resulting in a distinctive, non-orthogonal addition to Cape Town’s skyline.

Image Courtesy © dhk Architects

  • Architects: dhk Architects
  • Project: 35 Lower Long
  • Location: Cape Town, South Africa

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32 on Kloof in Cape Town, South Africa by dhk Architects

Monday, August 17th, 2020

Article source: dhk Architects

32 on Kloof, a heritage building situated along popular Kloof Street in Cape Town, has undergone a metamorphosis. Originally constructed in 1922 by prominent architecture firm Parker & Forsyth for the United Tobacco Companies Limited (UTC), the building once housed the company’s administration department. Transformed by multidisciplinary design studio, dhk Architects, 32 on Kloof’s rich history has been respected via a contemporary aesthetic that references, rather than replicates, its existing heritage.

Image Courtesy © dhk Architects

  • Architects: dhk Architects
  • Project: 32 on Kloof
  • Location: Cape Town, South Africa

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The stunning Villa Verte in Cape Town, South Africa by Maison Noir

Thursday, May 21st, 2020

Article source: Maison Noir

When Jim Brett and Ed Gray decided to launch a sister property to their exclusive-use Villa Maison Noir in Hout Bay, Cape Town, it was with the intention of creating yet another sanctuary-like space that was inspired and informed by the natural beauty of the bordering Oudekraal Nature Reserve and surrounding areas. To bring this vision to fruition, the couple earmarked a plot of land right next door to Villa Maison Noir and dreamed of replacing the drab 1970s-style building housed on the site with something much more memorable.

Image Courtesy © Maison Noir

  • Architects: Maison Noir
  • Project: The stunning Villa Verte
  • Location: Cape Town, South Africa

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C Offices in Cape Town, South Africa by FORTE ARCHITETTI

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2019

Article source: FORTE ARCHITETTI

C Offices is the fit out design for the executive offices of a multinational company based in Cape Town. The design distorts the rigid and unfunctional given layout to create dynamic environments in constant relationship with each other. The aim to break the traditional office scheme of isolated rooms is reached by the introduction of comfortable co-working spaces and common rooms.

A meticulous research on materials and cladding solutions has been carried out together with a careful study of light and shadows to provide the new environment with a sophisticated but comfortable value.

Image Courtesy © Adam Letch

  • Architects: FORTE ARCHITETTI
  • Project: C Offices
  • Location: Cape Town, South Africa
  • Photography: Adam Letch
  • Design Team: R. Forte, V. Brullo
  • Year: 2016

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Clifton 301 in Cape Town, South Africa by OKHA

Tuesday, July 30th, 2019

Article source: OKHA

OKHA’s latest interior project, Clifton 301, is a seasonal two-bedroom apartment in a sophisticated contemporary complex designed by SAOTA. Flanked on either side by Table Mountain’s legendary Twelve Apostles, it looks out over breath-taking panoramic views of the Cape Atlantic Ocean and is in equal parts luxurious getaway, relaxed coastal retreat and entertainer’s dream.

The architects designed the complex with deliberately pared-down, monochromatic interior shells.

Image Courtesy © Peter Bruyns

  • Architects: OKHA
  • Project: Clifton 301
  • Location: Cape Town, South Africa
  • Photography: Niel Vosloo, Adam Letch, Peter Bruyns, Melissa de Freitas

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Gorgeous George in Cape Town, South Africa by urbane citizen architecture

Sunday, July 28th, 2019

Article source: urbane citizen architecture

In the heart of Cape Town’s bustling CBD, the property at 118 St George’s mall is not one building, but a consolidation of two. A “Cape Edwardian” building, estimated to have been completed in the early 1940s, stands on the corner of St Georges Mall and Longmarket Street, and is flanked by an Art Deco counterpart which was designed by the architectural firm Walgate & Elsworth, who designed the Table Mountain Cableway stations, for the offices of the United Building Society and completed c1938. While the characteristic external elements of the existing buildings have remained unchanged, like the Edwardian teak windows, the Art Deco granite façade and the noteworthy bronze portal doors framing the entrance, the interiors were sadly destroyed in the decades of reuse and reinvention of the space.

Image Courtesy © Claus Brechenmacher and Reiner Baumann for Design Hotels

  • Architects: urbane citizen architecture
  • Project: Gorgeous George
  • Location: Cape Town, South Africa
  • Photography: Claus Brechenmacher and Reiner Baumann for Design Hotels 
  • Project Team: Klaus Neumann, Jessica Smillie, Cornelis Muller 
  • Structural Engineers: Poise Consulting Engineers
  • Electrical Engineers: RWP Western Cape
  • Quantity Surveyor: LDM 
  • Heritage: Peter Buttgens Architects, Johann Cornelius 
  • Wet Services: Sutherland Engineers 
  • Interior Design: Tristan Du Plessis for Studio A
  • Completed: 2019

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Kloof 145 in Cape Town, South Africa by SAOTA

Monday, June 10th, 2019

Article source: SAOTA

Accessed from Kloof Road, which winds along the western slopes of Lion’s Head, this site is positioned in the wind-protected suburb of Clifton. Years before any development was introduced, this slope was conceivably covered by indigenous forest and fynbos. Today, however, the area is developed and enjoys spectacular views over the sandy beaches, boulder outcrops, and Twelve Apostles mountains towards the south and sunset views over the Atlantic Ocean.

The first aspect of the project that required addressing was the steep slope that would have to be excavated to accommodate the structure. The home was conceived as an arrangement of staggered blocks that rise along the side of the mountain, with the upper, private levels becoming appropriately shielded from both visibility and street-level noise.

Image Courtesy © Adam Letch

  • Architects: SAOTA
  • Project: Kloof 145
  • Location: Cape Town, South Africa
  • Photography: Adam Letch
  • Project Team: Phillippe Fouché, Nilene Slabbert, Mias Claassens & Thabiso Nkoane
  • Engineers: Jeffares & Green Afrika, De Villiers & Moore
  • Quantity Surveyor: SBDS
  • Contractor: Cape Island Construction (CIC)
  • Interior Designers: Cecile & Boyd
  • Lighting Consultant: Professional Illumination Design
  • Landscaping: Nicholas Whitehorn Landscape Design

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Axis Building in Cape Town, South Africa by dhk

Wednesday, June 5th, 2019

Article source: dhk

dhk Architects has completed an apartment block conceived as a monolith with indentations and cut-outs. The building features 85 luxury residential apartments and penthouses supplemented with small-scale commercial and retail space at ground level. Occupying a prominent corner position in growing suburb Century City in Cape Town, the landmark development has been designed to capitalise on enviable views of Table Mountain and the Atlantic Ocean.

The building connects to the environment in a myriad of strategic ways and sets a precedent for urban conscious residential developments in the city. The compact form of the building wraps around itself and gradually rises, orientating most of the apartments towards views of the city. Its unique doughnut-shaped form is adorned with visual gashes that allow the sheltered walkway spaces to catch glimpses of the city around it, connecting the inside circulation to the outside world. The rising form cuts away, creating dynamic terraces and activity at differing heights, culminating in generous penthouse units. Transporting every inhabitant on a scenic journey to their destination, a large panoramic lift runs the full height of the building and is positioned at the pinnacle of its mass. A stand-out element of the design, the exterior of the lift is completely clad in red aluminium and sits within a glass shaft facing Table Mountain.

Image Courtesy © dhk

  • Architects: dhk
  • Project: Off-White, Sculpted Monolithic Apartment
  • Location: Cape Town, South Africa

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