Crystal Towers, that located in Cape town, South Africa, was designed by VIVID ARCHITECTS The development is made up of three buildings comprising a 180 key 5 star hotel, 90 luxury residences, and A-grade commercial office space. The built form has been spread to create the impression of a collection of buildings –with a common idea but distinctive identities.
The formal concept for the hotel and apartments is of two towers sharing an integrated, dynamic and permeable base of public activity, with a cantilevered suspended pool box in between. The focus of this base is an internal pedestrian street, conceived to encourage a social hub of activity.
The idea of the two towers allows the function to be clearly expressed. The hotel tower is a curtain wall façade, to reflect a slick contemporary experience while maximising the elevated views of Table Mountain and Table Bay. The residences have a more sculpted facade that steps in to form weather protected balconies. These two facade treatments are controlled and contained within two equally sized projecting aluminium frames that give the building an overall symmetry. The freestanding office building reinforces this idea of contained, clean façade design.