One On Chelsea, Vredehoek

This steeply sloping corner site located at the base of Table Mountain just above the City Bowl, is nestled in a mix of 4 and 5 storey apartment blocks, as well as a number of smaller single residential Victorian houses.  The architects, Objek,  felt that the best way to address the slope and the varied context was to create a contemporary expression of the traditional ‘Row House’ in the form of four semi-detached units.

Each of the four units comprises five levels, the lowest three of which make up the sidewalk accessed houses.  Objek sought to promote a more engaging and active street edge – an urban response the architects feel is sorely missing in many newer buildings in the area.  The top two levels are large loft apartments accessed from the mountain facing side of the building.  The stepping of the units down the slope created an undulating roof scape that allowed for skylights to each of the mezzanine levels to frame picture views of Signal Hill.

ARTICLE by Louise Fenner-Solomon