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First African biophilic building starts construction in South Africa

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South Africa is expected to host the first biophilic building in Africa after state agent Dogon Group  confirmed that demolition is under way to pave way for construction work to start.

The projects dubbed The Fynbos will blend iconic architecture and on-trend detailing to offer bespoke experience to users. Set on upper Bree Street, in the beating heart of Cape Town, a mix of spaces grants everyone access to the modern ideal.

According to Dogon Group, the building is created by experts in their fields such as: botanist, architect, landscaper, sustainability expert.

Expansive windows overlook panoramic views of mountain and city, allowing in abundant natural light.

Exceptional finishes and features include Smeg-integrated kitchens, hi-tech touchpoints, terrazzo surfaces and a touch of Art Nouveau inspired detailing. All in a foliage-inspired palette of lush greens, warm terracottas, cool pale granites and natural timber, embellished with champagne metal fixtures.

Green features

The building integrated PV solar panels utilise the maximum coverage allowed by the building’s footprint and generate double the electricity quota needed to power the common areas. These energy savings are passed back to the owners through reduced levies. New and improved efficiencies are continually applied.

Exterior layering includes cantilevered balconies that enable rainwater harvesting. Staggered to increase shading and reduce the need for energy-hungry air conditioning while the sophisticated system optimises watershed collection and wind speed.

The biophilic concept centres on integrating nature into the urban setting and, in that way, regenerating and restoring the city. As such, it benefits both external and internal environments. Designed for higher density living, the multi-storey building curbs urban sprawl. Sited for efficiency, the central location cuts down transport and provides access to various modes of public transport. Operations and building management are streamlined.

The development will have 689 units, over 24 floors. Demolition has begun and is due to take 2.5 months. Thereafter a 30 month construction period will follow with completion anticipated in the last quarter of 2024.

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