House Cohen

Project Information

Year: 2016

Location: Cape Town, South Africa

Category: Residential

Type: Flooring, Millwork


Zuckerman Sachs Architects

Project Description

House Cohen

Client overview:

House Cohen is a beautiful private residential development in Loop Street, Cape Town completed end 2016, by leading architectural firm, Zuckerman Sachs Architects.

Rubio Monocoat was specified for the interior wood finish for the feature staircase and oak veneer panels on the wall throughout this modern apartment.

Project overview:

The architect developed a natural, clean, contemporary design with a natural wooden interior finish for the floors and staircase. With Rubio Monocoat Oil Plus 2C, the wood preserved its beautiful natural element without any colour affecting its display.

Solid wooden floors were installed in the open-plan living area of the ground floor leading into the open plan kitchen, which created a seamless look.

The black metal edging of the staircase, and the natural colour of the solid oak treads created a feature piece in the main open-plan living area.

In addition, we used the darker, warmer hues of the Rubio Monocoat Oil Plus 2C colours, in a blend of 50% Charcoal and 50 % Chocolate, for the joinery cladding at the staircase and on a feature wall area on the first floor. This finishing complimented the subtle colour of the natural wooden floor.


“The Rubio Monocoat Range is known in the building industry as being one of the premier brands in its category. Most interior designers, joiners, and suppliers of engineered flooring, whom we deal with, are keen to use Rubio Monocoat. The colour selection range, and durability of the product, are known to exceed those of competitors’ products.”- Neal Sachs - Lead Architect

Application used on wall panels:
Challenges overcome:
  • Finding a suitable tone /color which works with the palette envisaged by the architect on a specific project
  • Protecting the timber floors (including paneling and joinery) from damage towards the end of the construction period.
  • Rubio Monocoat beautifully displays the grain of the wood and it’s easy to apply with minimal maintenance required in the future.
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