The Capital Mirage: State-of-the-art plumbing

The Capital Mirage, an ultra-modern building with a state-of-the-art internal plumbing system, is perfectly placed in Cape Town, South Africa’s world-class city.

 A first-class city at the edge of the world, home to one of South Africa’s most famous natural wonders and countless world-renowned hotels, restaurants, beaches, and tourist attractions, Cape Town is Africa’s crowning glory. And now, that crown has one more glittering jewel in its stable: the Capital Mirage. 

The Mirage is a brand new, multi-use, luxury development on the corner of Strand and Hudson streets in De Waterkant, in Cape Town’s posh Green Point suburb. This ultra-modern, high-end building is more than just a pretty face, however; it also features state-of-the-art internal mechanical and electrical services. 

The Mirage, designed by Kevin Gadd Architects, was intended to fulfil multiple purposes and therefore comprises two floors for niche retail, three for a five-star hotel, and seven for upmarket residential apartments. It also has four levels of basement parking and a sky bar with 360° views of the city below.

Client brief

As part of this drive for operating efficiency, the client required that the service costs for each apartment, hotel room and retail tenant be individually monitored, controlled and billed. Providing for tenant-specific electricity metering was relatively straightforward.

Plumbing perfection

According to Lawrence Kleiman, director of Modern Plumbing Works, the wet services contractor for the Mirage, the complete water system that was installed in the building is a multilayer pipe system that combines the advantages of synthetic and metallic materials, enabling fast work progress on the building site in compliance with applicable standards and regulations. The multilayer pipe system is also permanently leak-proof, corrosion-resistant and light, but more inherently stable and durable than plastic pipes. The system has been tested according to EN ISO 21003 and therefore complies with all common standards.

 “The apartment section of the building is completely separate from the hotel portion, and has its own domestic hot and cold water supplies,” Kleiman says. As stated above, all of the building’s hot water is supplied by heat pumps and storage vessels. “Each apartment has its own separate hot and cold water meters. Cold water is supplied via roof storage tanks and pumped system to ensure correct pressures on the top floor.” 

In line with their desire to make the hotel portion of the Mirage as contemporary and yet luxurious as possible, Bijiou Amour wall-hung pans, supplied by Macneil, were installed in all the hotel bathrooms. This range of sanitaryware is inspired by French style and sophistication and meets ISO 9001 standards. TECE concealed cisterns with flush-plates, and TECE floor drains were also installed.