Once upon a time, a construction project that went by the name of The Breebloem Tower was proposed for the corner of Bree and Bloem streets in Cape Town.
In fact, it was way back in 2009 when the building was first proposed.
Since then, after several years of silence, it has gone through a redesign. It now comes with an interesting solution to the problem of limited parking space that challenges almost every building in Cape Town – something you would definitely be aware of if your make a daily trek into the CBD.
According to Business Tech, engineers Henry Fagan and Partners have updated the plans and “the development is currently in the approval stages with the city, with the plan to commence on construction some time in 2018”.
Great, Cape Town is going to be one massive construction site for years to come.
According to the firm’s write-up on the development:
Cape Town streets are not orientated north/south, compromising effective sun control, which it aims to correct with the 18 storey Breebloem building.
The design twists as it rises, which has the added benefit of also providing better view angles.
Notably, the building has been designed with a central core making provision for lifts, stairs and services to accommodate offices and/or living quarters. It also allows continuous and unobstructed.
Here’s a look at the twist:
And the parking? Well that’s a whole other kind of twist:
With limited space for parking, as is the case for most Cape Town developments, one of the proposed parking solutions is an innovative rotating floor disc system to better accommodate vehicles on the relatively small site.
Fagan stressed that the logistics around the parking system are still a proposal; however, should it be implemented, the rotating disc would be the first of its kind in South Africa, and could be the first of its kind in the world.
They even made a digital rendition of the soon-to-be Breebloem Tower so you can fully understand what it is they have in mind:
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