Effective urban design concepts and controls produce unity and variety in Harbour Town, ensuring an appropriate scale urban density, to produce the desired aesthetic in a cohesive residential neighbourhood at the Vaal.
Co-Arc International developed the urban design for Harbour Town as a secure marina residential estate that offers the feel of a harbour and waterfront in the most picturesque area of the Vaal Dam. The 230 residential stands and recreational and park spaces form part of a community that encourages recreational activities in and around the dam.
The design concept focused on creating an aesthetically pleasing environment to harmonise with the natural landscape, characterised by flat grassland and wide open spaces. Co-Arc ensured control of the development through guidelines in form and materials that emphasised linear and horizontal qualities and open living areas that flow into outdoor spaces. Monotony in architectural design was avoided by allowing flexibility in these guidelines, which in the end produced the right aesthetics through control and variety.
As a result of the carefully considered design controls, the development achieved unity and variety simultaneously. Co-Arc was appointed as architects for the gate house, club house and numerous private residences.