FORTY ON L: An innovative addition to the Bo Kaap and the Blok Brand

25 MAY 2017
Blok’s latest development, FORTY ON L, brings both a new product and a new development concept to the Bo Kaap.

Blok’s latest development, FORTY ON L, brings both a new product and a new development concept to the Bo Kaap.

The new product, Blok Raw, is an innovative and creative extension of the Blok brand which responds to the need for more dynamic property offerings within the ever-expanding city. It simultaneously ushers in a fresh design aesthetic that upholds Blok’s strong principles of thoughtful design, third and shared spaces, a passion for neighbourhoods and urbanism.

According to Blok’s Managing Director and Co-founder, Jacques van Embden: “FORTY ON L is the first Blok Raw development that we are bringing to the market and is designed to encourage more people to live in our urban centres and participate in the urban opportunity that is so critical to its success.”

Blok Raw reimagines the urban home in an increasingly dense city and derives its name from its ethos of simplicity as well as the considered use and expression of materials that are a hallmark of its approach.

Set to be built on a vacant plot of land on Lion Street, sold by the privately-owned St. Monica’s Centre, FORTY ON L’s urban homes will be enveloped within a facade that sensitively acknowledges and incorporates the neighbourhood’s built and cultural heritage as well as its urban fabric - all whilst trying to gently nudge the architecture in a modern direction.

Architects Erik Janse van Rensburg and Eric van den Berg of WAUW, have woven the Bo Kaap’s aesthetic into the development’s design with the multi-coloured terraced apartment block being a nod to the houses that are iconic to the area along with other Bo Kaap-inspired elements such as the relationship between the stoep and street so characteristic of this section of Cape Town.

FORTY ON L will house 54 apartments comprising 17 one-bedroom units from R1 975 000, 24 two-bedroom units from R3 500 000, 10 three-bedroom units from R5 100 000 and two penthouses. All apartments will feature Blok Raw’s interior elements of screed flooring, exposed concrete ceilings and lighting, as well as bagged brick walls. Paying homage to the technicolour Bo Kaap neighbourhood, a splash of colour will be added to each apartment. What’s more, to limit the use of doors and cupboards in favour of maximising volume, the fittings will be mostly open and modular.

FORTY ON L’s apartments will offer panoramic cityscape views. Furthermore, all homeowners will have access to shared spaces such as the pool, gym and entertainment deck, which have been designed with human connection in mind.

Blok has selected FORTY ON L to pilot its 80/20 model. This involves a bulk departure that will allow Blok to add 20% more apartments to the original scheme. These units, targeted at the middle-income market, will be made more affordable with those in the original scheme subsidising their land, finance and planning costs. This research-by-design approach responds to the pressing need for urban housing in well-located areas that incorporates a more diverse set of income ranges. These homes will be released in the coming months through best practice principles that Blok has researched from inspiring cities and leading-edge projects globally.

‘’Not only will the 80/20 development model enable more diverse income groups to live in well-located parts of the city, a medium-density approach will allow services to be delivered more efficiently and more sustainably whilst promoting cultural diversity and sustainable economic growth ,” comments Rashiq Fataar of Future Cape Town, a consultant to Blok on the 80/20 model.’’

Van Embden adds: “Our goal with this project is to evolve a model that can be used to illustrate the potential role of developers in shaping our city and to create awareness around their ability to undertake similar projects that will begin to assist in contributing well-located urban housing that is targeted at the middle-income market.”

He concludes: “We are excited to be pushing boundaries and challenging the role of an urban developer in a growing dynamic city.”

Ground-breaking for the new development is scheduled to take place in August 2017 with occupation to follow during Autumn 2019.

Preview information about FORTY ON L is available at More information on the 80/20 model can be found at

About BLOK

About Blok:

Blok is an urban property developer that operates in Cape Town’s Atlantic Seaboard and CBD. Thoughtfully designed spaces echo their design ethos of “four walls make an apartment, but not necessarily a home”; instead Blok has chosen to deliver apartments with considered spaces such as home offices, fireplaces, daybeds and bars; in the aim of building modern urban homes that are thoughtfully designed.

Beyond the front door, Blok has undertaken to make a lasting and meaningful contribution to the neighbourhoods in which it develops. By getting involved in Crime ‘n Grime initiatives as well as upliftment projects that benefit not only Blok owners, but their neighbours.

With sales to date of R925m+, as well as successful urban intervention projects including the installation of the Blade bicycle parking system on the Sea Point Promenade and Thornhill Park revamp in Greenpoint opposite their SEVENONT development, amongst others; Blok is no longer the newcomer in the property scene, but a serious contender that is making waves with their urban focus and community ethos.

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