Op­ti­mis­ing a build­ing’s ori­en­ta­tion is key

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - PROPERTY -

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.

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