Designed by dhk Architects for property developers Tricolt, Tree Tops Houghton is a new apartment block planned for a site nestled between Houghton and Rosebank in Johannesburg. The complex is to be developed on top of a two-storey parking podium overlooking the city’s lush canopy.
Comprising 131 upmarket one-, two- and three-bedroom units as well as penthouse suites, the apartments will be positioned around a central landscaped garden including a clubhouse and lap pool. Referencing the world’s largest urban forest, the facade of the building was inspired by light observed through trees, and the manner in which it is filtered in between branches and tree trunks. This also influenced the introduction of warm white walls enriched with dark accents and subtle textures, from stone cladding to metal screens.
Aram Lello, associate director and lead architect on the project says, “Timeless design elements fuse with a distinctly modern suite of materials to present a facade that, while complementing the existing street fabric, brings the beauty of the streetscape within homes. Tree Tops encompasses a collection of 131 generously proportioned apartments with free-flowing living spaces, spacious courtyards, and wide balconies along with secure parking and lift access.”