Africa’s first multibillion ‘green’, car-free village

Private Property South Africa

Swisatec, an architectural and project management firm based in Cape Town, South Africa, is set to build the first multibillion green village in Somerset West, Cape Town.

The village will be ‘car-free’ with all parking to be underground, while apartments will use energy efficient appliances; LED lighting; water-management systems from showers to irrigation; solar water-heating systems and self-generated solar power.

Environmentally friendly building materials and methods will be used during construction, Swisatec said.

Plans for the mixed-use Blue Rock Village include a multi-functional lifestyle centre, medical centres, boutiques, schools and colleges, nurseries, restaurants and cafes.

The development will comprise 1,000 luxury apartments built on 40ha of land. Lukas Reichmuth, founder and director of Blue Rock Village, said that the project would be market driven, focusing on both the international and the South African markets.

Units will start from R3,4m, at R40,000/m2.

This article originally appeared in Neighbourhood, Sunday Times.

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