Repurposing Commercial Real Estate


On my return to Cape Town in 2003, I was fortunate to hook up with four clients, each with a building in the Woodstock area, about to develop their respective projects, and each with their own brief.

The first, an old industrial clothing factory, called Fairweather House, had seen the demise of the clothing industry in the nineties and had been standing virtually empty for some 20 years. This building, much like many old industrial buildings in the neighbourhood, was about to become one of the first redevelopments of today’s burgeoning Woodstock nu-wave culture.

An examination of the building found us on the top floor, with its factory south lights, mountain facing, in a space of around 200m2. The large volume, sawtooth, combination bow-tie open roofscape, was literally filled to the rafters with pigeons, effectively become a 5-star aviary.

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