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Hot Property February 2018

Feb 9, 2018 | Design and Decor, Featured, Luxury Trends, Property Investment, Property News

Connecting the blocks

Designed by renowned French architect Jean Nouvel, The Louvre Abu Dhabi is set to springboard the region into becoming an arts and culture hub. It opened in November 2017 to much acclaim, not the least of which is its location on Saadiyat Island. The development is a complex of 55 blocks that looks like an archipelago within the turquoise waters surrounding it. Connecting the blocks is the architectural centrepiece, a gigantic mesh stainless steel and aluminium dome. The museum took 10 years to build and is a result of a partnership between the French and United Arab Emirates governments.

Coming to rooftops

No. Land Farming, a business started by eight young entrepreneurs from the University of Cape Town’s Postgraduate Diploma in Entrepreneurship Genesis Project, is based on a shared-economy concept. The idea is to plant fruit trees and vegetables on the properties of homeowners in and around Cape Town, and to sell the harvest in the marketplace. Driving the concept is the belief that conventional farming has become unsustainable due to climate change. According to this team of dynamic South Africans, we need to bring farming closer to our cities on a scalable micro-level, with little or “no land”. The business helps the landowners to maintain the crops through coaching and an interactive mobile app, and buys the harvested produce from them.


New York- and Naples-based architecture firm LOT-EK specialises in the upcycling of urban and industrial materials, such as adapting shipping containers for use in innovative architecture. LOT-EK teamed up with Propertuity, the developer of the Maboneng Precinct, to create the hub’s latest offering, Drivelines Studios. This mixed-use residential and retail development features 104 affordable studio apartments – ranging in size from 30 m2 to 45 m2 – built out of shipping containers “rescued” from a site 2 km south of Maboneng. The building is situated along a main road axis and marks an entry point into this vibrant precinct in downtown Jozi.,


Land in big cities is valuable and limited, so having to build reservoirs for storm-water run-off is a big headache for urban planners. Danish architecture firm Tredje Natur (Third Nature) has come up with a novel solution for this climate change adaptation with its POP-UP concept, which simultaneously addresses two other issues cities have to deal with, namely parking and outdoor spaces. The POP-UP is essentially a potential underground reservoir, an underground parking garage and a vertical green space in the middle. If heavy rains were to fall, storm water would fill the reservoir and push up the parking structure. The concept has been developed and refined for locations in Copenhagen and St John’s Park in New York, but it can be adapted to other cities dealing with similar problems.

Work and play

Property developer and investor Atterbury recently consolidated its Gauteng branches into a single headquarters, called Die Klubhuis, within its own Pretoria mixed-use development The Club. The precinct, designed by architect Tony Hoffman, comprises 14 000 m2 of office, retail and restaurant space. Die Klubhuis, which is also home to a high-tech Planet Fitness Megaclub, has a significant presence in the precinct. The interior design, undertaken by interior architect Gysbert van Graan and interior designer Wytske van Wyk, reflects Atterbury’s 23-year history yet is contemporary in style. Work by renowned local furniture designers such as David Krynauw and Pierre Cronje features prominently.

TEXT Genevieve Putter PHOTOGRAPHS Supplied

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