HEMEL & AARDE
Hemel & Aarde is a mixed-use project in Hermanus where three large properties with some existing buildings on them are incorporated into a cohesive shopping village with a strong residential component.
External arcades and walkways meander between the buildings and they all meet at a central village square where restaurants and shops create a lively outdoor public space. Private parking areas are concealed in enclosed courtyards in order to keep the pedestrian realm free of traffic and the arcades and walkways tie in with the neighbouring properties to strengthen the existing routes and they provide continuity throughout the Hemel & Aarde Village property.
Residential units of varying sizes and orientations are provided on the first floors of the buildings and these, together with the restaurants, will keep the village lively at nighttime. The units are mostly orientated in order to take advantage of the magnificient views of the surrounding mountains and to frame the pedestrian-friendly public spaces.