Blok breaches Bantry Bay
05 DECEMBER 2014, CAPE TOWN
SummaryBlok, the brand innovating the urban living category in Cape Town, launched their 3rd development on the ocean side of Victoria Road in Bantry Bay. TWELVEonV, the third Blok project, is an exciting one for the team, being the first entirely new build of the three that they have so far launched.
WAUW, the architectural team behind Blok, says, “TWELVEonV is an evolutionary moment in Blok’s path, the point at which the parameters have been blown wide open in terms of architectural potential and having zero design parameters.”
TWELVEonV has only nine exquisitely designed units, three of those being unparalleled penthouse units, the top one of these (half-jokingly) referred to as “Iron Man’s bedroom”; it being seemingly suspended in mid-air with full glass floor-to-ceiling windows and a cantilevered suspension positioning in the building, making one feel as if they are floating.Not to mention offering complete privacy in the middle of the city, something that’s hard to put a price on.
Other highlighted building features include the private penthouse pools (even though there is a substantial 25m lap pool and sun deck for all owners), the 2 – 4 parking bays and storeroom per unit, a private gym and a day room for staff.
The address itself has lent a strong direction to the design aesthetic. The architects have drawn inspiration from Lion’s Head and the Atlantic to guide the narrative of this building; the mountain is represented by the solid elements on the back of the building while the front is made mostly of glass as a representation of water, and of course to take full advantage of the views that surround the building.
“The overall theme of the build is understated luxury and this is evident in all of the 3rd spaces and thoughtful touches that Blok is becoming recognised for,” says Eric van den Berg from WAUW Architects.
The 3rd spaces are those that occur inside the home in areas that can often be overlooked during the design process; a daybed with a sea view, an entertainment area, a convenient home office, a tucked away scullery or a bar.
Jacques van Embden, MD of Blok, says.“The first two Blok buildings gave us spatial parameters within which to work, but this one has given us free reign and it’s allowed us to realise the importance that we place on these personal touches that are often overlooked in new builds.”
For more information on TWELVEonV visit www.blok.co.za
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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