Cape Town you have to be excited about this, the very first biophilic building in South Africa and on the continent will be completed by the final quarter of 2024.
The Fynbos development will feature a 1,200m² vertical garden made up of indigenous plants, that have broken ground in Cape Town’s city centre.
The purpose of this building is to create a natural environment in an urban setting, with emphasis on available light, air flow, clean water, and plants.
But, once completed, it will have a 24-storeys of mixed-use space, featuring 689 apartments, a rooftop sunset terrace with a lap pool, co-working space, and a fitness centre. Furthermore, the ground floor will have a plant-based restaurant, tea room, and botanical bar. Who would not love that?
You can look out for this amazing structure in a vacant building at 142 Bree Street in Cape Town which has recently turned into an urban street art gallery, with the creations of some of the city’s top graffiti artists adorning dilapidated walls.
However, you can also expect an impromptu art show with the final bow of an unassuming low-rise light-industrial building in the heart of the city, with brightly coloured walls, bashed down to make way for a first in Africa.
To make this possible, Lurra Capital, the owners and developers of the Fynbos, whose vision featured a vertical garden stretching from top to bottom of the building, said the vertical garden will be made up of 30 species of tree and 20 species of shrub, “all indigenous to the Cape” and selected for their aesthetic appeal as well as their resilience. The trees will be anchored in place to survive gusts, while more elaborate planters will be sheltered in the high-rise’s crevices, offering protection from the city’s infamous wind.