YOUNG DESIGNERS TRANSFORM CAPE TOWN CBD

Boxwood Property Fund challenged young designers to come up with fresh and innovative design concepts for buildings in their portfolio to bring new life to the Cape Town CBD.

(L-R) Winners of the design for the Façade, Fabienne Troost and Julia Hock with Boxwood Property Fund’s Sarah Divaris.

Cape Town’s CBD is continually transforming itself. Once drab office buildings are being transformed into clever and inspiring workspaces which combine green technology, quirky décor and local materials to create relaxed, haven-like urban spaces that seamlessly integrate into the vibrant city culture. 

One of the new names in the CBD’s property market is behind some of the city’s exciting new developments. Boxwood Property Fund’s Sarah Divaris explains, “Our 14 Long Street property is due to undergo a face lift, and we wanted to tap into how young designers experience life in the city. So, we held a design competition for the students of Design Time School of Interior Design to create innovative conceptual designs for the building’s façade, rooftop and common areas.”

“These young creatives are the future tenants of this city − harnessing their talent and concepts broadens our thinking and challenges our ideas,” Divaris added.

Boxwood Property Fund challenged young designers to come up with fresh and innovative design concepts for buildings in their portfolio to bring new life to the Cape Town CBD.

The winning design for the façade and common areas by Fabienne Troost and Julia Hock.

Design Time owner, Yolanda Mitton says, “Collaborating with property developers gives our students an opportunity to get real experience working on big projects. They are able to respond to a brief and budget constraints, present their concepts to the client, and potentially see their designs come to life.”

The students’ designs, concept boards and material costings were showcased to local property brokers and prospective tenants at an event held on the rooftop of 14 Long Street on Thursday 4 April, and the winning teams were announced and awarded with cash prizes.

The design elements from the winning concepts will be incorporated into the upgrades on the façade and common areas of 14 Long Street.

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