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A pint-sized apartment with a big heart in Cape Town’s city centre

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Red and orange flowers are strategically positioned on the narrow balcony to attract sunbirds; it’s 80cm deep and open in the front. A bentwood rattan bench provides seating for two people. Bench from Anouk Furniture; planter from H&M
Red and orange flowers are strategically positioned on the narrow balcony to attract sunbirds; it’s 80cm deep and open in the front. A bentwood rattan bench provides seating for two people. Bench from Anouk Furniture; planter from H&M

Photographs Stephané van Eck l Production Marian van Wyk

After living in London’s “permagrey” environment for 17 years, Vicky Zigras was more than ready for blue skies and sunshine when she returned home to South Africa in 2019. She found the perfect little studio in an apartment block in Cape Town’s city centre, complete with leafy gardens, abundant birdlife, a spring-fed swimming pool and beautiful views.

“I took up residence in December 2019 and I’ve really enjoyed living here – even during lockdown!” says Vicky with a smile. “Built in the 1960s by Bauhaus-trained German architect Pius Pahl, the building might look a bit austere from the outside but I love the thoughtful design with its lush central courtyard, pool and plenty of light and privacy.”

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