Rubio References

House Cohen



Locations :

Cape Town, South Africa


Zucherman Sachs Architects


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​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 (RMC) 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 Invisible Oil, 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 color 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 color 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 RMC. The colour selection range, and durability of the product, are known to exceed those of competitors’ products.”- Neal Sachs - Lead Architect

Product outline (click on product to view): 

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

Why choose Rubio Monocoat:
  • Cost Effective. A 2-part system of the Invisible Oil application was used, without the need for pre-colours, thereby saving costs on the labour and material.
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