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Hot Property May 2018

May 9, 2018 | Beautiful Spaces, Featured, Property News

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


Communications software business Slack’s Vancouver office recently underwent an interesting refurbishment. The design challenge was to create a physical laboratory that expresses humane thinking and empathy – two values that Slack espouses – and the company’s attitude towards digital communications. Leckie Studio Architecture & Design was tasked with integrating these values into the new layout within an existing industrial building. This meant reimagining the roles of social working spaces to make them flexible and reconfigurable. The open-plan spaces, across three storeys, feature meeting boxes on wheels that can be used as mobile breakout nodes or informal meeting spaces for up to six people. The only private nodes are Skype call cubicles, which look like old-fashioned phone booths.,


American architect Carly Coulson prioritises sustainability in her work. Her latest project, Disappearing Retreat, is a prefabricated 25m2 dwelling with an exterior clad in reflective glass, making it disappear into the landscape. It is a Triple Zero structure, a term coined by Werner Sobek referring to a sustainable building that doesn’t use conventional electricity, doesn’t emit carbon dioxide and doesn’t produce any waste when converted or reconstructed. It’s a concept where living essentials are integrated into a prefab off-grid transportable structure that has minimal impact on the land. The Disappearing Retreat comes in three styles: the Bed+Bath model, which has a built-in sofa/bed with storage underneath, toilet, sink, shower, refrigerator, and induction cooktop; the Basic model, a flexible open- plan space for art, music, meditation or work; and the Sauna model, which has built-in wooden benches and a heater.,


When one thinks of furniture design, public spaces don’t usually come to mind as the ideal context for furniture. But with the growing popularity of urban design, landscape architecture and other disciplines geared towards making public spaces accessible, comfortable and appealing, it makes sense that someone would give a thought to the furnishings. Enter Arpino with a collection of 16 pieces, designed and manufactured in a collaboration between Portuguese industrial designer Carlos Pereira and Angolan interior architecture and design studio Cipro. The launch collection features two ranges, OX and Urban Office, both of which combine art, technology and sustainability in contemporary design. From a bicycle rack to a solar-powered cellphone-charging and Wi-Fi station, the designs are both discreet and attention-grabbing.


In March this year, the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) awarded five Green Star ratings to buildings in the V&A Waterfront precinct, acknowledging V&A’s commitment to sustainable development. Since the inception of this development in Cape Town’s harbour, it has accrued 12 Green Star ratings for buildings. The newest Green Star accolades have been awarded as follows:

  • A 6-Star Green Star Office As Built Rating for No. 5 Silo (a multi- tenanted commercial building, including PriceWaterhouseCoopers), making it one of only four buildings in South Africa to have achieved a 6-Star As Built rating.
  • A 6-Star Green Star Existing Building Performance v1 rating for the Watershed, the property’s craft market and home of African design at the Waterfront.
  • A 5-Star Green Star Custom Hotel Design rating for No. 6 Silo, which houses the new Radisson Red Hotel.
  • Two 4-Star Green Star Existing Building Performance v1 ratings for the West Quay Offices on Port Road and the Granger Bay Court office block on Beach Road


At Design Indaba 2018, Dutch landscape designer Peter Veenstra of LOLA Landscape Architects revealed his Dome of Plants project for Cape Town. Subject to approval by the City, it will involve the construction of a plant-covered bamboo dome on Luthuli Plaza next to the Civic Centre in collaboration with Olav Bruin of Nomadic Resorts, as part of a bigger greening concept connecting the Cape Town Central Taxi Rank with the Artscape Precinct. The proposed dome will have 175m2 floor space that can be used for events or simply as a place for people who work in the area to spend their lunch break. Materials such as bamboo, wood and hardy plants like spekboom will be used. Considering Cape Town’s current water scarcity, the plan is for the plants to be watered with treated sewage.



This private estate in Paarl offers secure country living away from the hustle and bustle of the city, yet is within easy commuting distance of the Cape Town CBD and the airport. Paarl is known for its scenic beauty, excellent schools and all the attractions of the Cape Winelands. This development, with 105 full-title homes (and a choice of nine designs), presents an exciting opportunity for prospective homeowners and investors looking for the perfect location, high rental demand, good returns and sustainable capital growth.


Boasting security of the highest standards and an unparalleled country lifestyle, Sitari Country Estate near Somerset West offers an impressive property portfolio:

  • 9 Signature Collection stands;
  • 40 Country plots;
  • more than 160 Luxury and Premium one-, two- and three- bedroom apartments with top brand finishes, including Smeg, Miele and Grohe; and
  • a superior selection of free-standing three- and four-bedroom Village and Country homes, perfect for family living.,


Horizon Capital’s latest development consists of four luxury residences in the heart of Camps Bay, within walking distance of the beach and an array of fine restaurants, coffee shops and bars. The development boasts magnificent views and has been designed with green efficiency and water sustainability in mind, incorporating the latest technologies. Each residence has four en-suite bedrooms, with a master suite of generous proportions, allowing for a walk-in closet; a private pool; and a closed- combustion fireplace.


Luxurious, ultra-modern and secure, Monarch on Kings is situated in the heart of cosmopolitan Bedfordview. Comprising 11 freehold units, with each stand between 1 001 m2 and 1 545 m2, each customised design offers three-, four- and five- bedroom homes with all bedrooms en suite. This energy-efficient development is close to major shopping centres, private schools and hospitals. Zotos Property Group offers turn-key building packages and will help you through the entire building process to make your dream home a reality.

TEXT Genevieve Putter PHOTOGRAPHS Ema Peter, supplied

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