A New Residential Block, The Duke, Opens In Cape Town
Having undergone a sleek and sophisticated makeover, The Duke offers Cape Town residents a luxe option for inner-city living.
Cape Town’s skyline has been painted with a new silhouette of late, as exciting developments pop up on its Foreshore.
The latest – and one of the loveliest – of these is The Duke, a 10-storey luxury hotel-style residential block has taken position on the corner of Lower Heerengracht Street and Hans Strijdom Avenue, adding to this expanding cityscape.
The 1960s Modernist building has undergone a sophisticated makeover by Durban architect Lisa Rorich, who, together with Raewyn Hayhoe of Evolution Architects, has transformed The Duke into 81 plush apartments that are luring people with an affinity for urban living.
As more people gravitate to setting up home nearer to the CBD, in an attempt to travel less and enjoy their city more, this prime spot, flanking the Adderley Street fountain circle, is within walking distance of the cool eateries and coffee shops cropping up in the area. A calisthenics gym in the building makes this lifestyle even more convenient.
But it’s the apartments themselves that really turn on the charm, with box-window seat views that immerse you in this vibrant central location. While activity buzzes outside, the interiors are a warm cocoon of comfort.
They ooze contemporary panache with moody charcoal finishes, touches of forest green and metallic pops of bronze, conceptualised by interior designer Danelle de Kock. Parisian ribbed glass screens provide reflective texture, while burnished concrete floors add to the slick aesthetic. Oak, Calacutta marble and black subway tiles make for luxe surfaces, which are highlighted by the ambience of glass amber pendant cluster lights.
A 24-hour concierge lends an extra dose of class to the chic entrance lobby, making the inner-city locale that much more friendly and welcoming. And as if that weren’t enough, there’s the added bonus of a top-storey swimming pool and pergola area that offer a bird’s eye view over the city, with panoramic vistas of Table Mountain – rooftop braais don’t get much better than this.