Category Archives: Cape Town Architecture

The Harrington

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The East city precinct has silently grown in popularity with creatives and corporates alike. Earmarked by the city as a special design and development district, the Cape Town coffee capital has slowly been cultivating its culture with major role players such as Haas and the steampunk inspired Truth claiming their piece of the sidewalk. Cultural bodies such as the Cape Town City Hall, the Central Library and the District 6 Museum have been drawing locals and tourists alike to the area while the Cape Technicon has ensured that the area is fueled by a steady flow of fresh intellectual capital.  Bree street and the foreshore have been taking the lion’s share of the spotlight, but competitive property prices and potential is what drew the attention of the Blend Property Group to this sector of the city.

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The project involves the refurbishment of Harrington House, an existing 7 storey building in the East City of Cape Town which fronts onto Barrack, Buitenkant & Harrington streets. The 1st to 5th storeys of the mixed use development will contain the 10 000m2+ commercial component while 800m2+ of ground storey street frontage will house various eateries, coffee shops and retail initiatives.

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While there is parking in the building The Harrington takes a progressive stance towards commuting with end-of-trip facilities such as showers, lockers and change rooms provided for tenants and visitors.

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The architectural components of the refurbishment are respectfully reminiscent of the history of the area with the introduction of an architectural moulding relating to the art-deco movement characteristic of this part of Cape Town. The addition to the new main entrance, leading off Harrington Street acknowledges the scatter of Cape Victorian architecture and their scale, New York Bagel and Barnett Fair, in a contemporary aesthetic.

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The layering of elements signifies the connection between the historical layers of the area and the current day while the use of clip-on metal screens and pop-out elements, aluminium glazing and contrasting shades of the façade lend a contemporary edge.

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Inside the main foyer executives as well as young creatives are greeted by a display of contemporary art, while a green wall softens the raw honest framework of the existing structure. Interventions by local graffiti artists and colourful neon signage elicit nostalgic emotions, while the floor which ramps up, impersonating the streetscape, draws passers-by into the building.

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New arrival, The Harrington looks forward to receiving you in 2017. Find out more at www.theharrington.co.za

The Project Team

Client: Blend Property Group

PA & Quantity Surveyor: SLA Consult

Architect: KUBE architecture

Structural Engineering: LH Consulting Engineers

Fire & Mechanical Engineering: SPARQ Consulting Engineers

Electrical Engineering: B2A Consulting Engineers

Virginia Avenue

KUBE-23-virginia-avenue-01KUBE architecture recently assisted  some friends in sprucing up their Vredehoek cottage. This is how it came out… Continue reading

Lourensford Packing Facility

KUBE architecture recently had the privilege of being involved in the upgrading of the packing facilities at Lourensford Estate in Somerset West. Following are some images of what transpired.

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Lourensford Packing Facility North-West Perspective © KUBE architecture

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7 Things you should know before Investing in a Vacant Plot

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Investing in the right piece of land is not always as simple as it would seem. Imagining your dream home is a romantic experience, but there are some very concrete factors which could make the difference between a good  and a great investment. Whatever the intention, there’s plenty to know before investing. Continue reading

6 Helpful Hints for Renovating your Home

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Renovating can easily be an intimidating process so we’ve put together a couple of handy hints to get you on the right path. The images of the Herlig Residence,  by Cape Town Architects, KUBE, are courtesy of Johann Lourens Photography. Continue reading

Where are discerning home owners investing?

Breda Street by KUBE architecture, Alterations and Additions, Cape Town

Breda Street residence by KUBE architecture , Alterations and Additions, Cape Town.

Many people have been asking what our impression of the state of things in the South African property and construction industry is. So, here are a couple of thoughts…

  • There is an upwards trend in the number of inquiries received regarding alteration-addition type projects, while inquiries for ‘new-builds’ remain low.
  • Real estate values are still dormant and owners who bought at inflated prices have realized that to get a return on their money they need to be patient. The next rung of the real estate ladder will have to wait. Continue reading

Ocean View Drive

Muller-PerspectiveKUBE architecture is helping a couple of friends make some changes to their home in Ocean View Drive, Cape Town. This is one of the directions we’ve explored thus far.