The Fitzgerald is a 8,000 square metre development in Melrose North, Johannesburg. These urban apartments are aimed at the young executive wanting atmosphere and access to everything.
Together with the developers, Narrative, we came up with a concept that is different to anything else in Johannesburg. We have combined our signature sleek, contemporary aesthetic with edgy, industrial elements to create something really new inspired by New York loft-style living. Our mission was to achieve a high-end residential execution, with a bit of edge, that would also be accessible price wise. Our previous experience in the inner-city Maboneng Precinct really lent itself to this specific concept – it speaks the language of urban regeneration, a kind of cool, international aesthetic.
Another important element that elevates this development in terms of the lifestyle it offers is the focus on green spaces. We wanted to one up the traditional apartment block formula by incorporating more outdoor living. This comes by way of a central and secure grassed courtyard with benches, a number of units with their own private gardens, and spacious balconies for the floors above ground.
Context was an important consideration. The design takes advantage of the proximity and convenience of Melrose Arch, acknowledging this as part of the experience. A pedestrian gate allows residents to easily cross the road to Melrose Arch, making the centre’s amenities essentially theirs as well. In addition to this, a hotel group will be occupying a second wing of the development, separate to The Fitzgerald physically, but open in terms of its facilities to residents. The aim is to create a community around the building, thereby activating it and elevating the residents’ daily living experience.
7 Calais Rd, Seapoint, Cape Town
This picturesque site on the Atlantic Seaboard boasts sea views to the north and views of Lion’s Head to the south. The steep gradient of the site allows street level access to the basement parking, with a lift taking you up directly into one of 4 duplex apartments.
The site constraints and client’s brief to create 4 luxury apartments for a modern urban lifestyle informed the streamlined and orthogonal envelope of the structure, with clean and simple lines following through internally.
The ground and first floor house 2 duplexes, with the internal and outdoor living areas on the ground floor, and 3 bedroom suites on the first floor. The main bedrooms have sea views, while the other bedrooms enjoy mountain views.
The second and third floors are occupied by 2 penthouses. The bedrooms of the penthouses are on the second floor, with the entrance and living areas on the third floor. The living areas lead up to outdoor living areas on the roof, which feature pools, outdoor showers and covered entertainment areas.
The external finishes are limited to 3 different materials: Neolith, Aluminium and Marmoran, all in a dark monochromatic colour palette. On the street façade, aluminium shutters provide privacy whilst shading the north western sun. On the other facades, the windows are punctured in strategic positions in order to exploit views of Lion’s Head.
The interiors are a series of clean lines and planes with highlights of raw exposed concrete soffits and feature walls. The raw concrete is washed by warm indirect cove lighting.