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Hot Property June 2018

Jun 8, 2018 | Design and Decor, Featured, Property News

Inspiring design and architectural trends shaping the future of property here and elsewhere in the world

01 YAY FOR BOUTIQUE STAYS New leisure and business concierge service Yays Concierged Boutique Apartments has set a new bar for travellers who want to unlock the secrets of the neighbourhoods they stay in. With a range of fully serviced high-end apartments in Amsterdam and Barcelona (and soon in Antwerp and Paris), it aims to give guests access to local knowledge about the surrounding neighbourhoods. Recently added to their books is this apartment built in a crane in Amsterdam’s harbour. Historically known as Figee crane 2868, it dates to the mid-1940s, and by 1975 it was the only crane spared from demolition as the area became gentrified. For years it stood untouched, until restoration began in 2016. Amsterdam-based interior designer Edward van Vliet transformed it into the upmarket three-storey The Yays – Crane Apartment.

02 KENYA’S NEW VERTICAL VILLAGE South African architecture firm Paragon is overseeing the construction of Habitat Apartments in the Kenyan capital’s business district of Kilimani, in conjunction with Kenya’s Design Source of Nairobi. Scheduled for completion in 2020, the 24-storey, 160-unit mixeduse apartment tower is set to be one of the tallest in Nairobi. The design brief by developer Ekco Investments was for a tall building that maximised the development potential while containing excavation and foundation costs. “The idea was to be as efficient as possible, and afford the city perhaps its first vertically articulated building,” says Paragon architect Edwin Seda.

03 EIGHTONN CELEBRATES the harmony created by opposites, starting with its setting. Framed on one side by the tranquil tides of the Atlantic Ocean and the vibrancy of Main Road on the other, Blok’s latest development enables residents to immerse themselves in Sea Point’s duality. This extends through the exterior’s fractal design, reflecting nature’s balance and repetition, with each repeated detail creating something unique. EIGHTONN boasts 18 spacious, pet-friendly and water-and energy-efficient apartments. Each is fitted with oak flooring, while the kitchens come complete with soft-touch joinery, beautifully curated splashbacks and the finest appliances, created by Smeg, the world leader in design and aesthetic practicality. In keeping with modern building features, EIGHTONN offers access control, CCTV and on-site security as well as secure parking, high-speed internet and environmentally conscious living innovations. Occupation is scheduled for summer 2019/2020, and apartments are now selling.

04 GREEN LUXE Africa’s greenest hotel has opened on the island of Zanzibar after three years under construction. Hotel Verde Zanzibar – Azam Luxury Resort & Spa is a five-star 106-room resort owned by Zanzibari-born businessman Said Salim Awadh Bakhresa and contracted to South African-based Verde Hotels, which also manages the Hotel Verde Cape Town at Cape Town International Airport. One of Verde Zanzibar’s sustainable features is grey- and black-water recycling, and the building contractors followed Green Building Council guidelines. The hotel is 2 km from Stone Town and within walking distance of the beach. Its offering includes three restaurants, conference facilities, a gaming room and a kids’ club; and a marina and water park are in the pipeline.

05 URBAN CRAFT The much-anticipated Sandton Gate, developed by Craft Homes, is set to launch its first phase later this year, consisting of open-plan two- and three-bedroom apartments and four-bedroom penthouses. Given its location on William Nicol Drive, between Sandton Drive and Republic Road, it’s no wonder there is such a buzz around it. It will be a mixed-use precinct, offering a secure city lifestyle with all the benefits of suburban life. Upon completion, the precinct will provide about 80 000 m2 office space, 400 residential units and a variety of lifestyle and smaller retail offerings. What’s more, it is one of eight pilot projects that have committed to certification using the Green Star tool of the Green Building Council South Africa.,

06 THE GRASS IS GREENER Close to the city but on the wilder side of life, a verdant golf course estate lets you live the good life. Just 20 minutes’ drive from the city but feeling like a different world, Atlantic Beach Estate’s wide open spaces, running tracks and wildlife provide a setting for a lifestyle less hurried. This graceful home is set at the top of the estate, welcoming guests with refreshing street appeal. The main living area features a luxury kitchen – complete with built-in ovens and gas hob, prep bowl, central island and a separate utility room – overlooking the dining area, which boasts a Castelli Construction signature wine display. Stack-away doors take you to the north-facing solar-heated salt-water pool and covered braai entertainment patio. An open-plan lounge is just a few steps down, separated into two sitting areas overlooking the garden and fairway. Borehole irrigation keeps the garden and pool pristine, a closed-combustion fireplace warms chilly winter days, and summer’s cooler with air-conditioning throughout. Upstairs, you’ll find the glamorous master bedroom and en-suite, with stunning views from its private balcony, as well as two other large en-suite bedrooms. Downstairs, there’s a study and a fourth bedroom – ideal for guests. To find out more, contact resident agent for 10 years and Atlantic Beach Estate property professional Hayley Bird.

07 SENSE AND THE CITY Luxury resort chain Six Senses has always been about rural experiences combined with luxury hospitality. For the first time in the chain’s history it has ventured into the city with two adjacent hotels in downtown Singapore. Six Senses Duxton and Six Senses Maxwell will celebrate Singapore culture and history while adding a touch of playfulness to the heritage properties. Six Senses Duxton, which opened in April, was designed by Anoushka Hempel of London hotels Hempel and Blake’s. The 49 guest rooms and suites each has its own identity, and the use of gold throughout sets an eccentric yet elegant tone. Six Senses Maxwell, set to open next month, will feature 120 guest rooms and the brand’s Six Senses Spa.

TEXT Genevieve Putter PHOTOGRAPHS, supplied

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