DHK and Louis Karol Architects recently completed Portside, a 450-foot-tall commercial building that is the greenest tower in South Africa. Completed in March 2014, Portside is also the tallest building in the city of Cape Town. The landmark high-rise achieved the country's first 5-Star Green Star SA rating and is equipped with LEDs, electric car charging stations, and other sustainable features.
Set against the backdrop of Table Mountain, Portside covers an entire city block in Cape Town’s emerging financial district and is considered the city’s first significant high-rise since the early 1990s. In addition to office space, the glass-and-concrete tower is occupied by a mix of retail and restaurant space on the ground floor in a bid to revitalize street life. The modular facade has been specially engineered so that the facade can be easily disassembled and then reassembled.
The energy-efficient high-rise is outfitted with LEDs, which cover almost 99% of the building. Movement and daylight sensors help control air conditioning and lighting systems. To minimize dependence on outside water sources, the tower is equipped with rainwater harvesting and storage systems as well as a gray water recycling system. Electric car charging points and bicycle racks are installed in the parking bays to help encourage more sustainable means of transit.
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