Urban property developers, Blok, will be bringing design innovation to a new address with the launch of their latest development, EIGHTONN. The five storey building, situated on Norfolk Road in Sea Point, will house 18 spacious, pet-friendly and water and energy efficient apartments, designed with the motif of duality and modernity in mind.
“By challenging convention and questioning every design norm, we continue to design space with duality and innovation. The continued delivery of well thought-out and articulated internal spaces are complemented through a focus on diversified urban opportunities.” – Jacques van Embden Managing Director, Blok Managing Director
The theme of duality has been unpacked both on the interior and exterior of the building, with WAUW – the architectural firm responsible for bringing the building to life – seeking to replicate the way in which nature creates balance and repeats itself in its own design, with each repetition creating something unique that adds to its purpose.
The fractals seen in nature – with the same pattern of elements in different sizes, arrangements and angles creating very different parts – served to guide the building’s design, with the inside being designed to look and feel different from how it is experienced outside. Like a leaf, the building spreads out from a central stem, with the apartments and their balconies flowing out around it. This is again replicated through the uniquely designed layout of each apartment, with balconies and the living areas on the outside and the sleeping and quieter areas being tucked away on the inside of the building.
This latest iteration of Blok’s urban ideology is a celebration of the harmony created by opposites, starting with its setting. Framed on one side by the tranquil tides of the Atlantic Ocean and the vibrancy of Main Road on the other, the development’s location enables residents to immerse themselves in Sea Point’s duality. There are sandy beaches, tidal pools, kids’ playgrounds and sunset strolls on the Promenade and then there is the bustling abundance of eateries and shops lining the suburb’s developing main strip. The balance of both is what gives the neighbourhood its unique feel.