A regal five story office block in historic Barrack Street, Cape Town, Harrington House has towered over the city for 80 years. Deeply rooted in local heritage, the refurbishment of both its interiors and exterior demanded sensitive and professional touch. The restoration was a bi-company effort, managed by Devmark Design Interiors and Renovations together with Devmark Construction.
Dejane Ehlers - Steyl of Devmark Design:
“We wanted the entire building to retain its industrial look and feel but with a modern twist, and we are very happy with the results. The building’s exterior was severely outdated with face brick and splashes of pink paint. Modern and bold colours of red, charcoal and mushroom have since transformed the outer surface. Inside, the lobbies have all been tiled in very large, high-gloss black and mushroom coloured tiles. Clever lighting in the hallways has helped to create a sense of space in an otherwise dark and restricting area. The lifts were renovated and floors were screeded to accommodate the heavy load of trolleys and deliveries, while bathrooms were kept simple with built in vanities and square on-top basins.”
The last floors were refurbished by February 2011 after 8 months of hard work. This prestigious address is quickly attracting interest from upmarket and fashionable tenants. Well done to all involved for “keeping Cape Town beautiful”.