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Haven Court

133 Margaret Mncadi Ave And Fenton Rd, Esplanade.

Haven Court is an unusually tall residential tower on the Esplanade, consisting of duplex units on a two-storey retail and parking base topped off by dramatic three-level penthouses. It tackles a similar context as Westpoint next door, with spectacular views of the harbour, to which the building makes subtle references, with its acute south-western corner much like the prow of a ship, and the penthouses echoing the bridge above a ship’s deck.

The tight urban site called for a unique solution. As lift technology at that time was prohibitively expensive above the twelve-stop range, the architects decided to turn the units into duplex apartments so that there were still only twelve stops. This accommodated technical and financial constraints, while providing the required number of units, all with access to the magnificent views.