Conversion of Heritage Building

Simonstown, Cape Town


Two historic buildings located on a hill in a sea port area, are mostly destroyed in a mountain fire. A third adjacent building remains intact and is used as a guide to the rebuilding/restoring of the other matching buildings.

The style of the restored buildings under the guidance of the Heritage Resources Committee is designed to match the original remaining building with 3m deep verandas on two sides with decorative timber veranda roof support posts. New tall sash windows are manufactured to match the original. Minor changes to the windows on the sea facing facade are permitted so that the sea views can be enjoyed. Original decorative timber veranda railings are found on site half way through the project and incorporated in the design.

These buildings belong to the Navy who require additional dwellings for their naval officers. The original hospital buildings are converted into four dwelling units. Toilet facilities located at each end of the buildings are removed and relocated so that the two ends are opened up to magnificent views and converted into open plan kitchens related to large living spaces. Ceiling heights are maintained at about 4m. We are unfortunately not permitted to add folding doors out from living areas to the inviting covered verandas, but large front door spaces allow for a flow from inside to outside.

Dwellings are made of either two or three bedroom spaces with two bathrooms, a large living/dining area and related semi open plan kitchens. Sea views are possible from just about every room.

ArchitectAmanda Katz Architects
ClientDepartment of Public Works
Building ContractorBambana Construction Management
Structural EngineerDinekon Engineers
Electrical EngineerDe Villiers and Moore
Quantity SurveyorHenry and Petersen C.C.