Architect and Builder Oct/Nov 2017 | Page 16

PROJECTVIEW ONE ON CHELSEA, VREDEHOEK This steeply sloping corner site located at the base of Table Mountain just above the City Bowl, is nestled in a mix of 4 and 5 storey apartment blocks, as well as smaller single residential Victorian houses. The architects, Objek, felt that the best way to address the slope and the varied context was to create a contemporary expression of the traditional ‘Row House’ in the form of four semi- detached units.   Each of the 4 units comprises five levels, the lowest three of which, make up the street accessed ‘houses’. Objek sought to promote a more engaging and active street edge – an urban design response the architects feel is sorely missing in many newer buildings in the area. The top two levels are large loft apartments accessed from the mountain facing side of the building. The stepping of the units down the slope created an undulating roof scape that allowed for skylights to each of the mezzanine levels to frame a perfect picture view of Signal Hill. Architects: Objek Structural Engineers: Gadomski Consulting Engineers  Quantity Surveyors: Hope & Warren Heritage Consultant: Johan Cornelius Town Planners: Andrew Pratt Project Manager: Juli Grey Traffic Engineers: Sturgeon Consulting Interior Designers: Objek Interiors LOFTUS PARK MIXED USE DEVELOPMENT Designed by Studio 3 Design House, the construction of the R1,2 billion Loftus Park mixed-use development by Abland, north of the historic Loftus Versveld Stadium in Pretoria, is on track for completion in early 2018. The development will include an open air piazza with fountains and artwork surrounded by restaurants, a microbrewery and a small selection of retail outlets focused on sportswear and equipment. It will also have a sports rehabilitation facility, and a large commercial component providing office space, a hotel, gym and upmarket grocery and deli chain store. The old tennis clubhouse on the site known as the Sinbin, protected in terms of heritage legislations, will be restored and incorporated into the Loftus Park development. To pay homage to the enormous role sport has played in South Africa, an exhibition centre will be at the heart of the development. Designed in the shape of a rugby ball, an iconic symbol of South African sporting pride, the centre will give visitors a taste of history, bringing past and present sporting achievements to life with excellent displays and mini exhibitions. The exhibition centre will also host the “players club” and exquisite artefact bou- tique, as well as a coffee shop, ensuring Loftus Park is a landmark of excellence. The Loftus Park precinct will be the first Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) Green Star rated precinct in South Africa. Once completed, Loftus Park will be the first and only commercial development integrated with a major sporting facility to provide comprehensive hotel, office and retail opportunities for South Africa’s sports fraternity. Geotechnical Engineer: John Yates 3D Visualisation: Think3D 16 Project Watch