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R700m five-star hotel, apartment and office project for Century City

"Now if we could only find a render?!!:poke:

02 Jun 2008 - eProp - Rabie

A mega development including a 180 room five star hotel, associated boutique restaurants and retailing, 90 luxury apartments and 7000 square metres of offices is being developed on a prime canal fronting site at Century City by the Rabie Property Group

To be built at a cost of more than R700m, Crystal Towers is the largest development to be undertaken at Century City since the Canal Walk shopping centre which was completed in 2000.

The iconic development to be built on a landmark site on the Grand Canal across the water from Canal Walk shopping centre also enjoys frontage onto Century Boulevard, the main thoroughfare of Century City.

The hotel will form part of Protea Hotel’s exclusive African Pride collection of superior deluxe 5 star hotels offering the highest international standards of service, luxury accommodation and superior facilities. The largest South African luxury 5-star brand. African Pride was chosen for its enormously progressive design and positioning reaped from its experience with luxury hotels, lodges and country houses which include Melrose Arch Hotel in Johannesburg; Mount Grace Country House & Spa in the Magaliesburg; Pumba Private Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape; Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa in Sandton; Rosenhof Country House in Oudtshoorn and Tinga Private Game Lodge in the Kruger National Park.

The entire Crystal Towers development, which will include two tower blocks and a standalone office block, will be set over a two level podium comprising parking and canal fronting hotel banqueting facilities flowing out over the water.

The rest of the hotel will be housed in one of the nine storey towers offering spectacular sea and mountain views from the upper storeys.

Aimed primarily at the high end, short stay business traveller, the hotel will provide extensive conference and meeting rooms, a state-of-the-art business centre, fine dining restaurants, swimming pools, a gym and a health spa.

A shopping mall offering boutique ancillary retailing with restaurants spilling out into the walkway will run through the spine of the development linking into the apartment, office and hotel components.

The second tower will include 2000 square metres of offices over two levels and seven storeys of luxury apartments ranging from studio to two bedroom penthouses. To be sold on a sectional title basis, the apartments are aimed at owner occupiers and longer stay business travellers with owners being able to opt to have their apartments serviced by the hotel.

The development, which is being financed by Nedbank, will form a focal point of Century City providing a pedestrian conduit and linking neighbouring office developments such as the Colosseum and The Forum to Canal Walk Shopping Centre and the new Virgin Active health club currently also under construction across Century Boulevard.

A pedestrian bridge will link the development to the Canal Walk side of the Grand Canal.

A further 5000 square metres of offices will be provided in a standalone building on the site.

Greg Deans, a director of Rabie Property Group, said they were currently negotiating with purchasers for both the office building and hotel.

The apartments, however, would be sold to individual investors on a sectional title basis.

Construction of the development has started with the hotel scheduled for completion in November 2009 in time for the 2010 Soccer World Cup. The apartment tower and office block, he said, were scheduled for completion in phases from February/March 2010.

Architect Paolo Viotti of Vivid Architects said the site bounded by the Grand Canal to its East and Century Boulevard to its South, was particularly strategic within the Century City context as it would play a critical role in allowing for a successful interface between all future new developments across Century Boulevard.

“The Century City urban planning concepts have always embraced and consolidated pedestrian connectivity and for this reason, the building needs to be a catalyst for this pedestrian flow.”

To this end, he said, the high volume internal street would not only form a future bridge and retail link to Canal walk shopping centre but would also allow the architectural form of the building to express itself in two similar yet distinct towers that would accommodate the hotel on one side and the apartments to the other.

He said the architecture needed to respond equally to night time and daytime activities and usage.

“Crystal Towers has been designed with extensive glazing to not only optimise the panoramic views of Table Bay and Table Mountain but also help to animate the facades at night with a creative balance of warm artificial and coloured LED lighting.”

Viotti said the name Crystal Towers aptly reflected the concept of a building that emanates a constant life, energy and glow.

“Its transparency, warmth and openness is intended to invite and welcome the Century City visitor, office workers and residents to enjoy the whole precinct and its exciting restaurant offerings. The architectural design is of a highly contemporary nature that will also assist in interfacing and redefining a new architectural vision and style of future developments in adjacent precincts.”

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Woohoo! Was wondering when it will end up here. Saw this yesterday in the Argus. They wrote a whole section about developments at Century City. I'll see if I can scan the render from the newspaper and post it up here.

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dont think 20F would be allowed in the area.

sounds like a good project, pity we dont have clear renders though. and yes it does make a change from the hideous tuscan and other faux that fills the area

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I quite like the design of those buildings. Maybe the glass pods and other new developments will eventually draw attention away from the current architecture and give some more variety to the place. We can hope :)
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