Heritage Story

The story begins intertwined with the adjacent Lutheran Church Group of buildings.  This city block, first shown on Wentzels’ map of 1751, was granted to…Continue readingHeritage Story

The Fagan Design

The owners wanted to develop the property for commercial purposes.  Realising the heritage importance of the site, they approached Gabriel Fagan Architects and Steve Townsend…Continue readingThe Fagan Design

Location

The Barracks straddles three of Cape Town’s most important streets Strand, Bree and Waterkant. Bree Street has become a destination in its own right showcasing…Continue readingLocation

Commercial Development in Cape Town

Heritage Site for Retail, Hospitality, Residential and Corporate

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Commercial

Mike’s Sports and MiCaffe are located on the ground floor retail section of the building. There is space available for further retailers as well as…Continue readingCommercial

Residential

A modern structure with a sloping facade is set above the heavy masonry of the historical building. The new component above houses a very bespoke…Continue readingResidential

Rooftop

The rooftop features a wellness center. Residents can ascend from their apartments below to relax and enjoy scenic views of the city, Table Mountain, Signal…Continue readingRooftop

Commercial development in Cape Town

The Barracks is a modern building on the foundation of a historic warehouse in the city of Cape Town. The original warehouse was built around 1767 and was part of the Lutheran Church complex. From 1785 is was used as military barracks and later to store wine and wheat. In the early 1800’s the building is described as a Military Depot on a map and there are references to it being used as the naval hospital.

(…) a 1767 map indicates that the warehouse on Bree Street already existed (…)

In 1890 the property was subdivided and the various parts were used as a manure depot, cartage, warehouse, fodder store, electrical engineering and a motor garage and spares business. Between 1945 and 1962 toilets and office partitions were added, as well as steel columns, reinforced concrete columns, beams, slabs and a new roof. After 1967 the building housed a bank and other retailers. (Read more about the history of the site here.)

At the beginning of the 21st century Mike’s Sports, owned by the Augoustides family, moved into a section of the old warehouse. Casey and Mike Augoustides managed to buy the various sections of the Bree Street warehouse during the following years and have recently restored the building to honour the heritage of the previous centuries.

Currently “The Barracks” is being developed for commercial purposes. The ground floor with its distinct “heavy” masonry will house various retail and hospitality businesses, while a brand new “light” modern structure above is set aside for residential usage. (Read more about the design of the new development here.)

Watch a short interview with Casey and Mike Augustides below: