115 West Street Building / Paragon Architects

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Architects: Paragon Architects
Location: , South Africa
Area: 100,000 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Andrew Bell

Interior Architecture: Paragon Interface
Structural Engineer: Sotiralis Consulting
Quantity Surveyor: Schoombie Hartman
Contractor: WBHO/Tiber
Developer: Zenprop

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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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Cite: "115 West Street Building / Paragon Architects" 28 Nov 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 27 May 2015. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=299150>
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  • Vince-Rhys

    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