The Project Challenge
The existing building is a mid 19th century double storey packed stone structure built as a lean-to to an older building on the Buitengracht service lane. As with many buildings of the Bo-Kaap, the building contributes to townscapes and has considerable age value. The structure is very simple and has been altered over its lifetime to suit various roles of warehouse, home and workshop, which has compromised its authentic material value. A departure point for the redevelopment was to be informed by this matter-of-fact approach and replace / repair building elements such as timber floors and roof as required. This approach was also reflected in the working relationship with the builder, whose scope of work was defined with direct contractors, to whom items such as joinery, metalwork and fitting-out were seperately contracted.