Video | Battery Park
Battery Park is a 12 000m² urban park situated at a key entranceway to one of Africa’s most visited tourist destinations, the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town, South Africa. Developed as the nucleus of a larger urban vision for the district, the site includes a park and piazza that effectively conceal a 1 206- bay parking facility as well as new pedestrian routes to invigorate the precinct with activity. The site is of archaeological importance as it contains the remnants of one of the city’s oldest structures, coastal fortification the Amsterdam Battery. This provided a unique opportunity – to pay homage to the historic landmark whilst incorporating a parking facility and providing spaces for leisure and recreational activities.
The intention was to facilitate a new hub of activity within the V&A district whilst being respectful to the heritage of the battery, once a place of exclusion and incarceration, but now a public space designed to support and engage the greater Cape Town community.
A short film by Tatjana Meirelles.