In photos: CT’s skyscraper with estimated cost of R500 million [photos]

Cape Town has a new, elegant 86-metre glass-clad office skyscraper on 35 Lower Long. The building was developed by Ellerine Bros + Abland Property Developers and designed by dhk Architects, and it’s a beaut!

“[It is] characterised by a singular sculpted massing which is transformed via dynamic glazed planes that extend seamlessly over the office and parking levels”.

35 Lower Long glass skyscraper

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Image supplied: dhk Architects

A ‘taller, inspirational tower building’

The challenge was to remodel and extend an existing 1980s building. However, those plans were discarded due to the impractical core design. It would also have been near impossible to add additional floors to the original structure.

After reviewing the costs of replacing the outdated façade as well, the team revised the brief “to offer a more positive medium- to long-term viability, as well as to enhance Cape Town’s skyline with a decidedly taller, inspirational tower building.”

This created several new challenges, such as how to maximise the space after factoring in lifts and stairs along with structured basement parking. This is where dhk Architects came in.

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Image supplied: dhk Architects

The firm proposed that a simple singular orthogonal massing bar for the articulation of the southeastern and southwestern corners to maximise small floor plates of the building, which is located in Roggebaai.

“A fundamental component of the design concept involved maximising the activation of the street edge with retail to improve the quality and safety of the public realm, as well as to take advantage of the high levels of pedestrian traffic passing the building.”

Estimated cost of 35 Lower Long skyscraper

The team also explained that the “appearance of a dynamic, non-orthogonal sculpted mass was created via tapering or cranked façade planes which extend seamlessly over the office and parking levels”.

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Image supplied: dhk Architects

It’s one of the tallest building in Cape Town, has a 4-star GBCSA Design rating and an estimated cost of R500 million. In addition, the “building offers expansive 360-degree views over the city, ocean and mountains”

“The glazed façade allows for floor-to-ceiling unencumbered vistas enhanced by glazing with mullions at 2.4-metre-wide centres”.

dhk Architects

Environmental sustainability

Ellerine Bros + Abland Property Developers also placed a focus on environmental sustainability. A detailed environmental performance modelling study was undertaken in order to get the 4-star rating.

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Image supplied: dhk Architects

The developers explain that it “required a high-performance double-glazed specification with increased internal cill height raised to desk height”, in order to reduce both solar gain and radiant heat”.

“Other environmental considerations included building efficiency, choice of materials, energy-efficient lighting and services, lower parking ratio encouraging the use of public transport, as well as showers and bicycle parking facilities”, the firm said.

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Image supplied: dhk Architects
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Image supplied: dhk Architects

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