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  City of Cape Town Electricity Support Services – New City Electricity House  
   
     
 

The proposed New Electricity House is situated in the heart of Cape Town’s CBD and is bound by Breë Street to the South East, Hout Street to the West and Buitengracht Street to the North West. Erf 15588 Cape Town is owned by the City Council and incorporates two existing buildings, Beaufort House (erf 9230, 1283 and 1284) and The Jazz Workshop (erf 1261). The proposal is to demolish Beaufort House and incorporate the Jazz Workshop into the design. The building comprises of 10 6422 consisting of 1 basement, 3 depot and parking floors and 2 dedicated office floors.

The design brief called for a high quality contemporary building that reinforces the urban context without detracting from the historic surroundings. Due to the location of the proposed building in the Central City Urban Conservation Area, the idea is to fuse the building with the local context without imitating the surrounding buildings.

The building transforms from being a punctured mass into a framed box that turns the Hout & Breë Street corner without overshadowing the adjacent buildings, but follows the city skyline.

 



Green initiatives addressed in this development are as follows:

Photovoltaic cells that produce 10% of the buildings energy requirement.

Potable water usage and rain water harvesting resulting in a 0% water usage from municipal resources.

Roof and vertical gardens upgrading the ecological value of the site.

Building materials that are recycled built for disassembly and have low or no VOC emissions. Louvers screens and specialist glazing is to be used.

Bicycle facilities and showers for staff to reduce the need for cars on site.

AC unit that is environmentally sensitive and that have a very low energy usage.

Lighting in the building is designed to be energy efficient.
Maintenance manuals are generated for the optimum use of all systems once building is operational.

 


 
 
   
 
         
 

The Hout Street elevation has a large metal screen boasting an artistic graphic representing the Green Building theme with a tree like pattern. This screen forms part of the natural ventilation to the parking areas and in such is not a false faced.

The screen is then used as a shading device as it turns the corner into Buitengracht Street. The screen is also used as a connecting element around the building performing different functions. The vertical green wall on Buitengracht also mimics the pattern on the screen to further emphasize the continuity of the building facades.

The two top floors of the building are dedicated to office floors and are set back from the building edge. This enabled us to create break out spaces as well as an extensive garden areas.

 

Another very important part of the brief was that the building had to be a Green Accredited Building.The new building will be a 5* Green Accredited Building rated under the Office V1 “as built” rating tool. This rating tool stipulates that 80% of the building is dedicated for office use only. This means that only 20% of the building is used for depot functions.

This 5* rating will probably be one of the first in the CBD. This accreditation makes the building a valuable asset for the future as Green Rated Buildings are more energy efficient and less costly to maintain to the building owners.

The indoor environmental quality is healthier as the building components and air handeling is environmentally friendly.

 
     
   
     
     
     
   
     
     
     
   
     
     
         
     
         
     
 
 
     
         
       
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