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La Corniche
Clifton, Cape Town, Western Cape

Date:1959
Type:Flats
Status:Extant

 


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Coordinates:
33°56'11.56" S 18°22'40.72" E Alt: 32m

When flat rights were proclaimed on Clifton Beach a height restriction up to the level of the Marine Drive was imposed. The steep drop from the road to the beaches below offered a challenge to investors who gambled on public demand against the high cost of building on difficult ground.

The gamble turned out to be an overwhelming success as flat dwellers recognized Clifton as the brightest gem on the coast.

La Corniche has facebrick cladding to give a permanent finish and eliminate maintenance. An unusual design has been adopted to give height to two floors of flats with mezzanine level sleeping quarters. Fifteen flats on the top floor and four on the bottom floor have a bridge approach to an upstairs balcony creating a feeling of spaciousness and an out-of-the ordinary character which fits in well with seafront life.

(Extracted from ARCHITECT AND BUILDER, April, 1963)

These notes were last edited on 2020 11 24