28 Hudson Street Extension
A new addition to an 1890 tobacco-packing warehouse, places a lightweight steel and glass structure over the original exposed brick building.
The restoration of this heritage building, added two floors and a mezzanine with over 300m² of office space for an art gallery or design studio use, plus an outdoor deck, with dramatic views of Cape Town’s city and Harbour.
Internally, permanent steel formwork, air conditioning ducts and electrical power trunking are exposed, while a gleaming epoxy floor holds the spaces together. The main entrance is through a steel, timber and glass pavilion which sits in the raised courtyard of the Hudson.
‘Tactile brick and timber surfaces contrast with steel and glass to form a contemporary shed overlooking the city.’
Stretching across an entire city block, this eccentrically long and narrow building has historic gables at both ends, fronting onto two prominent and contextually very different streetscapes.
Due to the fall of the land the building has three storeys facing downtown Cape Town, abuzz with trendy coffee shops and design stores, while at its opposite Vos Lane end, a single storey, face-brick gable is flanked by a mosque and pays quiet homage to an historical, special conservation area and residential neighbourhood known as de Waterkant.
Completed in 2014, this lightweight reflective shed, maintains the integrity of the original building, providing a dialogue between old and new, allowing the rejuvenation of the old and expression of the new.
The original tactile brick and timber surfaces contrast with modern steel and glass finishes, retaining the utilitarian beauty of the original building while creating a contemporary shed overlooking the city.
28 Hudson Street Extension received the 2015 Award for Architecture from the Cape Institute for Architecture, and cited as ‘a thoughtful and careful contribution to the city’.