40 Lion Street, Bo Kaap

Building highlights

FORTY ON L represents a significant evolution for Blok, heralding the first development in our Blok Raw division. In our ongoing exploration of new modes of compact urban living, Blok Raw emerges not only as an evolution of our design principles, but as a response to an increasingly dense city. Located as it is within Cape Town’s historical Bo Kaap district, FORTY ON L also necessitated a far more considered approach to contextual integration — adding to the character and value of the neighbourhood rather than distorting it.

Kitchen features

For WAUW, evolving the next phase of Blok in unique terrain meant truly understanding the Bo Kaap neighbourhood in which their landmark development will live for decades to come. Beyond the familiar aesthetic of the area – cobbled and colourful – they were particularly interested in the relationship between the home and the street, and how people move around this famously communal neighbourhood.

Living space features

The first Blok Raw development at FORTY ON L posed an interesting challenge when designing the interiors. Whereas Blok has garnered a reputation for sophisticated, invisible finishings, apartments within the Blok Raw stable are typically more youthful, industrial and more expressive. True to its name, Raw developments place an emphasis on materiality, leaving exposed what is usually indiscriminately smoothed over.