Architect and Builder Oct/Nov 2017 | Page 17

THE DOCKLANDS, DE WATERKANT, CAPE TOWN The Docklands is an eight storey, 9,200m 2 conversion of office block to luxurious residential apartment block located in De Waterkant, Cape Town, next to the Foundary in Prestwich Street. The Docklands is ideally located, as it is in close proximity to the CBD, the V&A Waterfront, the Fanwalk, the Sea Point Promenade and the bustling de Waterkant with plenty of restaurants and evening hang-out spots. The development has been designed specifically to meet the growing demand for accommodation in Cape Town and more specifically close to the CBD. FWJK Architecture initiated the design process in October last year and demolition started a short few months later in February. The development is set to be complete in July 2018. The original structure consisted of one basement parking level, a parking level on ground floor with a lift lobby & Vida e Café and three floors of office space. For the conversion to residential, an additional basement parking level will be added and an additional Project Watch three floors of apartments on top of the existing three office floors which will all be converted to apartments. The development will feature a stylish Rooftop bar with a pool and outside deck area, from here spectacular views will be enjoyed of Cape Town, the CBD, Table Mountain, Signal Hill & Green Point. In order to add the additional basement, the existing structure had to be underpinned which is a significant undertaking in its own. The project involves a significant amount of demolishing and stripping, concurrently the building has to be reinforced in order to receive the additional floors. The Docklands were designed to fit comfortably within the surrounding context, with the building materials and textures complementing the adjacent buildings and thereby creating an architectural dialogue. The aesthetic and character of the building will give a unique flare to the area, especially during the evening. While the Docklands will fit in comfortably within its surrounds, it will be unique in its own right. 17