Architect Enrico Daffonchio of Daffonchio & Associates is behind the design of the 49 apartments and 13 houses. “The aesthetics of the project aimed to question the ‘white box’, creating a warm, soulful and dynamic living environment,” Daffonchio explains. His scheme is textured and incorporates raw materials such as terrazzo-style tiles, cor-ten steel, breeze block, face brick, and dense planting, which are a foil for the high-end, contemporary finishes within each unit.
The property’s expansive garden and immense trees were a major gain, as they forge a sense of character and authenticity lacking in new developments. In the same vein, part of the original 1930s heritage dwelling will be included in the new, art-centric club house, a move that nods to Propertuity’s reputation for honouring built heritage in the city. The club house is located at the centre of the property: it’s an ode to the past and forms the very heart of all residential amenities.
Currently, in true Maboneng style, the dwelling is being used as an artists’ residency, with artists Sarah Grace and Jonathan Freemantle working there. Once complete, Hyde Park House will include an impressive sculpture garden curated by Hazard Gallery, with about 15 works by the likes of Edoardo Villa and MJ Turpin, as well as the artists in residency. In this way, engagement with art is made possible for every resident, as well as the public on occasions when the sculpture garden will be opened up.