Cape Town to get a new skyscraper - modelled after a Rubik's Cube

News > Lifestyle & Architecture - 14 Mar 2019

Modelled after the iconic Rubik's Cube and aptly named "The Rubik" this new unique development is set to grace Cape Town's CBD in 2021 - with construction slated to begin in June 2019 and completion expected in July 2021. 

The Rubik has been designed to be a one-of-its-kind luxury mixed-use development, unlike anything that South Africa has seen to date. The building has been designed by architect firm dhk, and features a stacked glassed tower block which, as the name suggests, angulates at various points to represent cubes.

Located on the corner of Loop and Riebeek Street, the building will consist of luxury apartments, which will sit above offices and high-end retail space.

Marketed by Dogon Group Properties, developed by Abland – one of South Africa’s leading property developers – in partnership with Nedbank and Giflo and designed by dhk Architects, the apartments, penthouses, and offices within The Rubik feature floor-to-ceiling windows, 24 hour concierge security, state-of-the-art technology, fixtures and finishes, minimalist elements, and lots of clean, open spaces.

According to Abland, the development will cost around R480 million to complete

While the features are already quite something to behold, the ideal location of this building will offer incredible views over Table Mountain, Lion's Head and the Atlantic Ocean. 

Prices for apartments are reported to start at R2,4-million - which is on par for most urban apartments in Cape Town.

“The beautiful and modern The Rubik has a distinctly international feel that is in tune with global trends and influences,” says Rob Stefanutto, MD of Dogon Group Developments. “This exciting building, which will stand as a design beacon in Cape Town’s CBD, allows buyers to live and work in a distinctive space within the bustling centre of one of the world’s most beautiful cities. Loop Street is vibrant and cosmopolitan, known for its nightlife, historic buildings, art galleries, antique shops, restaurants, bars, and cafés.”

“This dhk-designed building echoes things to come in the city centre – the wave of the future. Gone are the days of inner-city living being a novelty, and enter the days of “Great City Addresses” that are inspiring to live in. Dogon’s ongoing commitment to bringing cutting-edge projects to market is apparent in The Rubik,” says Stefanutto, “it will set a benchmark for future developments and see both out-of-town and local buyers being offered a truly quality product in a city on the rise in international terms.”

“When this property came up for sale, we wasted no time in its acquisition as the location is perfect for a mixed-use development. Abland have undertaken numerous high-rise developments in the Cape Town CBD and we are very excited to bring this vision to life,” says Jurgens Prinsloo, Abland’s Regional Manager.

Prinsloo explains that the building will offer doubled-glazed office windows as the building will have a modern glass facade, an air-conditioning system that doesn’t use water evaporation for cooling, energy-efficient lighting, and water heating systems which are aligned with green-star initiatives.

“We are very excited to be involved in this project conceptualised by Abland, who has been at the forefront of creating ground-breaking spaces in South Africa for over 30 years, and who have pioneered mixed-use developments that seamlessly integrate work and living spaces. We believe that The Rubik will redefine the design of luxury mixed-use developments in South Africa, and offers a wonderful opportunity for those who wish to buy-to-live or those looking for a premier investment opportunity,” says Stefanutto.

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