This transformation of the Foreshore area aims to reconnect the city to the sea, embrace an equitable approach to the way the city is built, achieve more effective flows of people and goods, and enable it to adapt better to the future.
Turning the problem upside down
We considered demolishing the freeways and divert traffic into a subsurface tunnel. This would free up the land in and around the freeways for development but would come at a major up-front (unfeasible) cost that might be unrecoverable in the long term.
Our proposition is to drop the freeways to the ground, and lift the city up over them, creating an elevated berm - this will extend the grid of the city, lifting it over the public transport and move cars below, at a height of about 7 to 10 meters above existing ground level. The elevated berm will create a new city district, terminating the city at its north-eastern end, with development around a major park system, and a ‘grand urban balcony’ providing the public with views of the ocean and harbor, as well as Table Mountain.
|Client||Cape Town Foreshore Freeway Precinct|
|Project Lead||Faldi Samaai|
|Collaborators||BTKM Quantity Surveyor, DHK, Future Cape Town, Jakupa Architects ., OKRA landschapsarchitecten, Nadeson Consulting Services, Nigel Burls & Associates, Trafficon, Urban-Think Tank, Viruly Consulting|
|Team||Alfredo Brillembourg, François Viruly, Martin Knuijt, Mohsin Tajbhai, Nazeem Khan, Stephan van der Walt|