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115 West Street Building / Paragon Architects

  • 01:00 - 28 November, 2012
115 West Street Building / Paragon Architects
115 West Street Building / Paragon Architects, © Andrew Bell
© Andrew Bell

© Andrew Bell © Andrew Bell © Andrew Bell © Andrew Bell +17

  • Architects

  • Location

    Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Interior architecture

    Paragon Interface
  • Structural engineer

    Sotiralis Consulting
  • Quantity Surveyor

    Schoombie Hartman
  • Contractor

  • Developer

  • Area

    100000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

© Andrew Bell
© Andrew Bell

From the architect. 115 West Street is the new headquarters for a South African financial services company. Opposite the new high speed Gautrain station, it is for many visitors to South Africa, the first building they will encounter beyond the airport.

© Andrew Bell
© Andrew Bell

The design of the building draws its concept from the difficult north-west orientation (remembering the southern hemisphere location) and the need to adhere to new energy legislation in South Africa. The country shares a green accreditation system with Australia and New Zealand. The building has been accredited with a 4 Star Green Star Design V1 rating. This will be confirmed as an as built rating in March 2013.

© Andrew Bell
© Andrew Bell

The 2400 staff member building has extensive grey water systems, passive heating and cooling systems and high performance glazing with louvres to shade from the afternoon sun. The east and west elevations are characterised by scalloped profiled zinc sheeting. The design required a flexible building hence the large floor plates, punctuated by two atria to maximise the natural daylight into the office spaces and the ground floor below which was designed to create a park like environment with the introduction of 6m high Ficus Benjamina trees, sunken into the floor. The light sources are twelve giant 8.4m cones, which float above the atrium space like giant clouds.

© Andrew Bell
© Andrew Bell

Modelling software was used extensively generate the cones, the concrete columns and much of the interior fit out.

© Andrew Bell
© Andrew Bell

The external areas are xeriscaped with indigenous low water consumption plants. The work areas are punctuated with colourful breakout spaces to provide relaxation areas for the staff with re-cycling facilities to assist with the change of mindset regarding sustainable office culture.

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Vince-Rhys · August 18, 2013

Good day.

I am refugee (with a Refugee Status) here in SA and have been one for the past 14 years. I am studying 1st year Architecture at Wits University. I would like to request if there is possibility that I may be granted a bursary/Scholarship by your Company as not possessing a green ID book has made it hard and somewhat impossible for me to obtain one.

No National organization will grant me help as I am not a national citizen by paper. Please consider my desperate plea for help as I fear I may not have the means of finishing my 1st year and progressing to 2nd year because of financial constraints.
Cell: 078 002 8822

Thank you, Good day and God bless


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