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Two existing buildings in Waterkant St. were transformed to house the new head office of Freeworld Coatings (Pty) Ltd in Cape Town. These buildings form two sides of a previously hidden unattractive courtyard which is flanked on the other side by three of the most important historical buildings in Cape Town -Martin Melck House, Evangelical Lutheran Church and Sexton's House. The following were important in the design:

  • Permeability of ground floor to create awareness of the courtyard & historical buildings visible to the pedestrian in Waterkant St.
  • To interconnect the historical buildings on the opposite side of Waterkant St. with the historical courtyard.
  • Uncluttering and upgrading of the courtyard (one of the most important in Cape Town)
  • Opening up the existing buildings to the courtyard on all levels.
  • Simplicity in form in order not to compete with the historical buildings
  • Openness and transparency throughout the building to reflect Freeworld Coatings open and free thinking philosophy.