WEX1 Construction well under way
The scheme is situated directly opposite the Woodstock Exchange along Albert Road, with a south-facing street frontage and the majority of the new apartments facing due north with extraordinary views across the harbour and Table Bay. The design represents a contemporary and contextual response to the traditional brick warehouse, impressive in scale. On approach from the east towards Cape Town, this new project compliments the scale of the Woodstock Exchange. A further reinforcement of the relationship between the two buildings is evident in the careful consideration of new landscaping and paving that will notionally tie the Woodstock Exchange with WEX1 strongly at the pedestrian realm. Special attention has been made to promote and encourage the pedestrian experience from the train station along Davison Street to Albert Road, with active ground floor retail forming a continuous interactive experience.
The architecture draws on the materials and ethos of the surrounding precinct, using the brick, glass, and steel of the rail-side industrial warehouses reformed into a contemporary aesthetic while still aiming to retain a classic, timeless appeal. A fresh design to regenerate this urban precinct, located on a pivotal site with immediate access critical to transport arteries such as the N1, the BRT, Woodstock train station, and of course Albert Road into the city.
The active ground floor shops are fronted with 5m steel and glass shopfronts, allowing public access via 2 entrances into a highly visible yet well protected internal retail street running parallel to Albert Road. This retail will be encouraged to trade into the late evening to encourage enhanced activity along Albert Road. Access to the parking branches centrally off this vibrant internal street, with 2 full parking levels above the double volume retail space, with 2 half levels of parking between. The private apartments are accessed from a secure lobby in the heart of this internal street.
The apartments sit elevated above the traffic with views through to Devils Peak, Table Mountain, the city, and Table Bay becoming more expansive with every level from floors 4 through to 9.The architectural massing has been cognisant of the context, represented as 3 buildings designed to an appropriate scale and proportion, taking into account the scale of the pedestrian and smaller Woodstock warehouses like those adjacent the Woodstock Exchange.