Right slap-bang in the middle of the Cape Town’s financial district, the area at bottom of Bree, Loop and Long and on what is currently only known as ‘Site D’, will soon be Cape Town’s tallest building.
Set to be called ‘Cullinan Square’, it’s the latest mix-use development proposal from RAS Architects and will consist of 42 floors and reach 192 metres high.
Among other things, the building will consist of a hotel component that occupies the highest part of the tower, with a sky lobby, restaurant, spa and observation deck at the top of the building.
Rooftop views for the win – and it won’t be hard to miss:
Reaching for the sky, ne? Sticks out a little too much for my liking.
More on the building and how they plan to battle the Cape’s wind element, from Business Insider:
One of the major stumbling blocks around constructing a tall building in the mother city is dealing with the severe winds.
RAS said the orientation and shape of the tower has been designed in collaboration with engineers to deal with the winds “in an economic manner” – while also keeping the city’s famous views of Table Mountain and the surrounds.
“By limiting the surface area of the tower that faces the critical south-easterly wind, and reducing the drag coefficient with an optimised building shape, the reinforced concrete core is smaller than typically expected in a tower of this height, reducing structural costs and increasing the GLA of the development,” RAS said.
The ground level will see a retail component that “promotes public activity and acts as an economic boost for the development”:
In addition to pedestrian access, the retail component is also supported by the basement parking levels, nearby public transport hub, surrounding office buildings, and the 20 levels of prime office space in Cullinan Square, the group said.
Although no date has been set for the start or end of Cullinan Square’s construction, I doubt it will be long before it’s joined by other building equally as high.
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