Optimising a building’s orientation is key
FINDING the optimal orientation for new residential developments in Century City is a primary consideration of the d e v e l o p e r, s a y s N i c o l a Aschmann, a project manager with Rabie Property Group.
“In Century City, as almost everywhere else in Cape Town, it is difficult to find a perfect orientation for a building as all tend to have their pros and cons. With north-facing buildings you have your back to the south-easter and can enjoy the sun in the summer, but in the winter you are exposed to the harsh north-wester.
“With south- facing buildings you can enjoy beautiful views but have less sun and are more exposed to the southeaster. East- facing buildings enjoy the morning sun and some views but are exposed to wind, whereas west- facing buildings provide you with views and afternoon sun but you are exposed to the winter rains.”
Aschmann says it all comes down to personal preference. Investors and holiday makers tend to go for the views, whereas owner-occupiers and hardened Capetonians will opt for north-facing properties that are sheltered from the wind and sacrifice the views.
“This was particularly evident at our Waterstone Isles development, where half the homes are north-facing and the other half face south. Most of the south- facing units were sold to out-of-towners and the north-facing units were primarily sold to buyers who intend to live in them,” says Aschmann.
She says that when Rabie designs a new development the developer accommodates diverse needs.
“Where possible we will try and incorporate the best of both worlds such as we did at Quaynorth. Here the building was designed with balconies on the north and south sides of the units. This feature proved pivotal in allowing the scheme to sell out long before construction was completed.”
Aschmann says there are many examples in Century City where building designs have been modelled to ensure sunnier public areas.