Old Cape Quarter | De Waterkant, Western Cape
The Old Cape Quarter, located in Cape Town’s De Waterkant district, is a remarkable architectural development designed by dhk. With its unique blend of heritage and contemporary typologies, this mixed-use space has received accolades such as the 2022 Architects Category Winner at Construction World’s Best Projects and the SAPOA 2022 Property Development Award for Innovative Excellence. The Old Cape Quarter holds a 4-star green rating, reflecting its commitment to sustainability.
Designed with utmost respect for its context, the Old Cape Quarter pays homage to the area’s history while injecting new energy into the precinct. By adding four residential levels to the existing retail spaces, the development fosters a vibrant live/work/play culture and communal spirit. The larch timber façade and abundant greenery, including rooftop and terrace gardens, create a welcoming oasis-like effect in the urban setting. The interior cladding enhances privacy while serving as a decorative feature, while the outer façades nod to the iconic Bo-Kaap style.
The Old Cape Quarter has been commended for its preservation of historic outer facades while seamlessly incorporating contemporary elements. The project showcases a successful fusion of old and new, creating an engaging mixed-use space that celebrates the surrounding heritage.
The dynamic De Waterkant district, known for its hybrid of heritage and contemporary buildings, the Old Cape Quarter stands as a testament to the area’s vibrant lifestyle and design businesses. Recently, dhk has taken occupancy of new premises within the development, solidifying their belief in the project’s success.
The Old Cape Quarter is an exceptional architectural achievement that exemplifies the integration of heritage and contemporary design. With its previous accolades and 4-star green rating, it stands as a testament to innovative thinking and excellence in architecture and embodies the visionary spirit that defines exceptional architectural projects.