‘Industrial aesthetic with a contemporary edge’
The Signature offers a rare opportunity to develop an entire, mixed-use city block on Cape Town’s vibrant Fan Walk – a landmark building that will celebrate the exciting urban streetscape that is Somerset Road as it sheds the formality of the CBD and enters the funky heart of the De Waterkant urban village.
“The building is conceived as two independent but integrated blocks, joined with a multi-volume and multi-leveled atrium, providing for public access to retail and shopping at street level,” says architect Darryl Croome of DCA.
“The front block shares a pedestrianised forecourt with Somerset Road, whilst the lower block stretches to Prestwich Street and responds to the Victorian scale and character of Liddle and Cobern Streets.
“The Victorian docklands architecture, unique to the area, has been expressed in a raw industrial aesthetic, while recognising the contemporary demands of high-end, inner-city living. Face-brick, off-shutter concrete, steel and glass, with perforated aluminium screens, provide a distinctive language for this iconic building.
“The residential tower blocks are set back and developed in brick, concrete, steel and glass while recessed balconies, Juliet ledges and sun-screening elements give articulation to the facades.
“Roof-top living, with terraces, pools and pergolas, takes full advantage of the 360-degree views on offer, which include world-famous landmarks – Table Mountain, Signal Hill, Cape Town CBD, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town Stadium and Robben Island. A unique sense of space and place is what defines The Signature experience.”
Reminiscent of the world-renowned V&A Waterfront with its distinctive dockland settings, The Signature experience is all about combining an industrial aesthetic with a contemporary edge. This approach has directly influenced the carefully selected palette of materials with floor-to-ceiling glazing, off-shutter concrete and floating white bulkheads.
The warmth of timber floors is complemented with designer kitchens, vanities and BICs, while track and LED strip lighting illuminate the living spaces. Natural materials are used for all balconies and terraces, while planted terraces and roof gardens are a distinctive feature of the building.