Architect and Builder Magazine South Africa Dec 2017 / Jan 2018 - Page 31

Location & Urban Context The location of the building was defined in the Urban Design layout which was prescribed in the District Plan approved in 2012. The Site Development Plan prescribed the building height at 32m. The site is a narrow rectangular form, with a splayed north end to accommodate connection to Silo Square. It is situated along the pedestrian boulevard on the eastern edge, which links the Silo District with the City towards the south, and with the V&A Clock Tower District towards the north. The pedestrian boulevard promotes an active edge along the eastern and northern edges of the ground floor in direct response to No 5 Silo’s ground floor edge. To the west, the site is also located on the same linear orientation with the Nedbank building. The urban analysis of the site indicated that the No 6 Silo building and the BoE building actually formed the edge of the Silo District, forming a boundary to the harbour and the more commercial part of the V&A Waterfront. This design informant resulted in a solid masonry wall effect which is evident on the west façade, and was important for the design languag