Construction to start on Africa’s first biophilic building, The Fynbos

Construction is set to begin on Africa’s first biophilic building, The Fynbos – a 24-storey living, breathing mixed-use development on Upper Bree Street in Cape Town’s CBD.

Demolition on the old structure on the site is currently wrapping up – with all recyclable materials being saved for reuse and protective IBR hoarding is being erected in prep for the imminent ground-breaking as excavation starts on the three-level basement.

On completion (estimated for the end of 2024), The Fynbos will feature 689 apartments and include a rooftop sunset terrace with a lap pool and co-working space, a rooftop fitness centre, as well as a ground-floor plant-based restaurant, a tearoom, and a botanical bar.

The building, which is currently undergoing Green Star accreditation, will incorporate elements such as natural lighting and ventilation and natural landscape features.

One of its most exceptional sustainable design features is its exterior, which will be draped in a 1 200m2 vertical garden made up of 30 species of indigenous trees and 20 species of indigenous shrubs with its pioneering garden system designed by a specialist team of technical botanists.

The development will also boast a waterfall at its front reception which will provide white noise for its residents.