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[PICS] Cape Town gets plant covered, 689-apartment skyscraper called The Fynbos

21 September 2021 4:14 PM
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architecture
Mike Wills
The Fynbos
TwentyEightZeroTwo
Biophilic
Donovan Gillman

Mike Wills interviews Donovan Gillman, landscape architect for the project.
  • The 24-storey “The Fynbos” will have a façade almost entirely covered by plants – designed according to “biophilic” principles

  • The apartments will mostly be small with a few multi-bedroomed ones

  • Prices range from R890 000 to almost R5 million


Cape Town’s city centre is getting a new, 24-storey apartment building that will be almost entirely covered with plants.

“The Fynbos” at 142 Bree Street will be Africa’s first “biophilic” building.

“Biophilic design” aims to connect building occupants more closely with nature.

The exterior of The Fynbos will feature a vertical garden with 50 species of indigenous trees and shrubs.

Solar panels will power common areas.

The Fynbos will have 689 apartments, a pool, a coworking space, gym, restaurant, and a bar as well as a 24-hour concierge service.

Apartments range in price from about R890 000 to almost R5 million.

TwentyEightZeroTwo is the architectural firm behind the unique design.

Mike Wills interviewed Donovan Gillman, landscape architect for the project (scroll up to listen).

We’ve grouped the plants into what will probably be the best spots… The building will blend with plants…

Donovan Gillman, landscape architect - The Fynbos

The plants recycle nutrients, soften the wind, reduce turbulence… We anticipate birds will live on it… It will be some fynbos… There is a fire protection system…

Donovan Gillman, landscape architect - The Fynbos

They are micro-apartments… and some multi-bedroom ones…

Donovan Gillman, landscape architect - The Fynbos



21 September 2021 4:14 PM
Tags:
architecture
Mike Wills
The Fynbos
TwentyEightZeroTwo
Biophilic
Donovan Gillman

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