PHOTOGRAPHS Jan Ras PRODUCTION Sumien Brink WORDS Amelia Brown
The penthouse in the new TwelveonV apartment building in Bantry Bay, a new Blok development, offers the ultimate in modern city living.
Ask a local what they love about Cape Town and chances are that mountain and sea are near the top of the list. No matter the season, these are the constants of living and working in the Mother City, poles of nature in an urban compass. First prize, of course, is a dwelling with views of both.
Two years ago, property developers Blok took on a new development in Victoria Road, Bantry Bay. Designed by WAUW, the building has a shimmery metal facade inspired by the sea, and an abundance of glass to take full advantage of the views. “We are incredibly proud of how the building emerges from the street edge,” says Blok Managing Director Jacques van Embden, “with its dramatic facade contrasted against the soft curves and dappled light penetrating through the aluminium screen.”
As attractive as the building is its location in sought-after Bantry Bay: near the beachfront promenade and Regent Road, and only a short drive from the CBD. TwelveonV is a dream address in the city. The developers are especially proud of the penthouse, which is split over three levels: for sleeping, living and entertaining. An open staircase connects the floors. Jacques says the penthouse was designed with an emphasis on the interior having a relationship with the exterior and to blur the lines between inside and outside. As a result, the sea, sky and mountain seem like extensions of the apartment’s two glass-enclosed floors and the open entertainment level, which is accessed through a sliding skylight at the top of the stairs.
The apartment features a private lift, pool, smart home functionality, fibre optics and gym in the building, not to mention floor-to-ceiling windows that afford views in all directions. When it came to the interior design, the materials, colours and textures had to be care fully considered to not compete with the sea and mountain views. The Blok aesthetic is characterised by minimalism and thoughtful design, so partnering with Weylandts, which is known for celebrating the integrity of objects, was a natural fit.
The penthouse was fully furnished, including cutlery, crockery and glassware, by Weylandts Spaces, the interior design division of Weylandts that is headed up by Chris Weylandt. He and his team curated and created bespoke pieces in line with the trend of downsizing from larger homes to more compact urban units. Black, grey and white dominate the palette. The modern kitchen, for example, features white marble, matte black taps, tinted glass and steel cabinetry. Blok’s interior architect Holly Hamlyn poetically describes it as a thread of dark, moody colours running through the interiors, with more focus in certain areas.
From working remotely to entertaining under the stars, each aspect of the design was duly considered with the modern urban resident in mind.