A look at the sleek new skyscraper proposed for Cape Town

Developments in Cape Town are reaching for the sky, with the latest proposal from RAS Architects delivering a 192 metre tall skyscraper office building called Cullinan Square, on what is currently only known as ‘Site D’ in the city.

According to RAS, the 42 floor tower is designed to be a mixed-use development, and would be the tallest building in the city – trumping the yet-to-be developed Zero2one, which is expected to reach 148 metres.

One of the major stumbling blocks around constructing a tall building in the mother city is dealing with the severe winds.

RAS said the orientation and shape of the tower has been designed in collaboration with engineers to deal with the winds “in an economic manner” – while also keeping the city’s famous views of Table Mountain and the surrounds.

“By limiting the surface area of the tower that faces the critical south-easterly wind, and reducing the drag coefficient with an optimised building shape, the reinforced concrete core is smaller than typically expected in a tower of this height, reducing structural costs and increasing the GLA of the development,” RAS said.

The mixed-use development is proposed to promote public activity and diversify economic risk.

It will features a hotel component that occupies the highest part of the tower, with a sky lobby, restaurant, spa and observation deck at the top of the building.

The ground level retail component promotes public activity and acts as an economic boost for the development. In addition to pedestrian access, the retail component is also supported by the basement parking levels, nearby public transport hub, surrounding office buildings, and the 20 levels of prime office space in Cullinan Square, the group said.

Here are the concept images for the development.


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A look at the sleek new skyscraper proposed for Cape Town