The Sims 4 released a brand new expansion pack – Eco Lifestyle – this week. It also added a huge free update to the base game, bring fundamental changes to gameplay and adding some old NPC favourites like firefighters and repopeople back into the game.
These new features will no doubt inspire incredible creations from Simmers all over the world, adding to an ever-expanding library of existing builds.
One build that caught our eye recently is this Cape Dutch inspired build by Simmer, DutchSims4Master.
Anyone who has visited Cape Town, or seen the tourist brochure, will be familiar with this style. Largely found in the Cape Winelands area, the whitewashed walls and thatched roofs is a feature of the wine farms dotted across the Western Cape.
Like much of South Africa, this build style is layered with complexity, as noted by freelance writer Andrew Thompson. He wrote in an article for Culture Trip:
Though undoubtedly beautiful – defined by grandiose rounded gables, thatched roofs and whitewashed walls – Cape Dutch architecture has deep roots in South Africa’s colonial past.
The style of Cape Dutch architecture harks back to the 17th century, and although it draws on features reminiscent of Dutch townhouses, specifically those found in Amsterdam, it actually has its roots in the Friesian houses and farmhouses of Schleswig-Holstein, northern Germany.
Many of these houses remain in their original condition, with a few touch-ups through the years of course.
This recreation in The Sims 4 is incredibly detailed. For those not au fait with The Sims – those aren’t grape vines being used – they’re just shrubs. One of the best things about The Sims and the game’s army of builders is their creative use of different objects – including those using the build-buy debug cheat – to recreate places from all around the world.
Sims 4 builds: Cape Dutch architecture
First, if you don’t know what these houses usually look like. Here’s a real life example.
And here’s the version in The Sims 4.
Pretty impressive, right? Here’s some more.
Antoinette is a recovering journalist, having written for Sports Illustrated, The Guardian, Daily Maverick and others. She has won multiple SAB Journalist of the Year awards, across a variety of categories. She thinks it’s strange writing about herself in the third person, unless she’s playing as herself in The Sims…which she’s been doing for over 20 years.