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Somerset West wine farms

Somerset West wine farms

The Somerset West Winelands on the slopes of the Helberberg Mountains and at the foot of the Hottentots Holland...
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Architecture

Somerset West is a picturesque, affluent town steeped in the history of our country. Earlier settlers built Cape Dutch homes and cultivated vineyards which, still today, adorn the area and mountain slopes.

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The award-winning architect who designed De Velde, Derrick Henstra of dhk Architects, describes De Velde’s design as a ‘modern Cape vernacular interpretation’ of the original Cape Dutch buildings.  His designs pay homage to Somerset West’s cultural heritage by creating an aesthetic appropriate to the area.

“The stacking of De Velde’s units from the larger homes at the bottom  to smaller homes at the top allow for the architectural articulation of the building, providing balconies as each level steps back,” says Derrick.

Look at a De Velde building and you’ll immediately get the sense of design and function working together. Perfectly.