Reflecting across Cape Town’s Grand Canal are some 220 000 of Corobrik’s De Hoop face bricks which have been creatively incorporated into Century City’s latest residential development, Manhattan Quarter, located right on the canal banks.
This inspired modern creation, which forms part of the fast-appreciating new urban precinct a few minutes from the centre of the Mother City, is the latest addition to Rabie Property Group’s impressive profile. Prompted by the high demand for residential units in the area, Manhattan Quarter was contracted to Big Ben Construction with Munnik Visser Architects behind the building’s design.
“The incredible versatility and aesthetic appeal of face brick is displayed exceptionally well in Manhattan Quarter,” said Christie van Niekerk, Manager of Corobrik Western Cape. “This is a prime example of where the product matches the area’s inspired design and style, creating a really inviting place for people to live, work and play.”
Van Niekerk said that, in addition to its visual appeal, Corobrik’s clay face bricks have associated cost-saving benefits because of the lack of future maintenance required. Noise reduction qualities, fire-resistance and inherent thermal regulation are also some of the advantages that make Corobrik’s face brick a primary choice for such developments.
Project Manager from Rabie Property Group, Greg Jenkins, said the De Hoop face bricks were used throughout the development because of their unique construction qualities.
“The face brick design allowed for natural ventilation in the semi-basement area while also offering an incredible durability that will ensure building longevity,” said Jenkins. “The eye-catching red works extremely well, complementing the existing structures such as the Manhattan Towers and Manhattan Wharfside. It captures the vibrant, sophisticated energy of this region and contrasts well with the existing landscape in colour and texture.”
The 13 500sqm building consists of five levels and a semi-basement, with 63 one, two and three-bedroom apartments plus two four-bedroom penthouse apartments. There is a hard landscape quad and walkways, constructed with 25 000 of Corobrik’s De Hoop pavers, which work well alongside the face brick option.