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Waterkant Townhouse

Waterkant Townhouse

GSQUARED architects
De Waterkant, Cape Town, South Africa | View Map
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Private Houses
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Waterkant Townhouse

GSQUARED architects as Architects

The brief to the architect’s called for two luxury high end town houses which maximized the use of space and vertical living within strong geometric forms within the city centre.

Inspiration was drawn from the context and city living. The needs for privacy had to be respected along with the needs to capture the views to the city, harbour and mountain.

To this end the architects handled the street facade as a carefully punctured smooth concrete structure allowing light, ventilation and certain views to enter the building. The large window on the street edge was screened using a bespoke custom made metal screen, which filters the afternoon sun whilst providing an element of screening for privacy within a densely populated neighbourhood.

The use of contrasting colours like black, white and natural timber kept the interior simple and minimalistic, which allowed the space to feel light and bright. This colour pallet was used both externally and internally.

Metal and timber with smooth plastered surfaces contrasts as the day changes and the sun shines on the façade. Strong geometric forms are used as a medium to render shadows on the building and filter light into the spaces.

Internally, a bespoke floating metal stair allows for vertical circulation that is light and unobstructed. Externally, a metal spiral stair connects the living with the entertainment roof terrace which captures 360’views of the city, harbour and mountain.

The highly efficient design resulted in a spatial layout of 424 m² on a plot of 106 m².

Material Used :

1. Aluminium doors and windows

2. Custom made steel stair

3. Custom made steel screen

4. Engineered oak floors

5. Custom made Corian vanities

6. Porcelain tiles

7. Kitchen duco sprayed, with timber veneer and Marble Island. 

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