The new 35 Lower Long development is an elegant and dynamic office tower proposal on a peninsula site bound by Lower Long Street and Jetty Streets. Designed by dhk architects for land owner Ellerine Brothers and developers Abland, the new tower replaces a lower building designed in the late eighties.
Situated in Cape Town’s Foreshore precinct, great care has been taken to invigorate this part of the city, both on street level and in the greater cityscape. It is envisaged as one of the first of a cluster of taller buildings appropriate for the presently underdeveloped area flanked by Lower Long and Loop Street.
The new building is characterised by a singular sculpted massing with dynamic glazed facades which extend seamlessly over both the offices and parking levels. The glazed façade terminates above ground level to emphasize the newly activated street edge. The entire length of the street frontage along Lower Long & Jetty Street is animated by new ground level retail, with multiple entry points to the office building and a prominent office entrance.
The two main corners of the building are increasingly chamfered towards the roof, breaking the solidity of the building. The wing-like glazing on the main street facing facades soars upwards past the chamfered corners, further articulating and defragmenting the solid orthogonal building mass. The sculptural building will create a dynamic form when viewed from across the city, both at street level and from nearby buildings.
The building will provide 13,470m² of premium office space and 334m² of retail, and will be completed early 2020.