Co-Arc international offices

CO-ARC INTERNATIONAL OFFICES

A new modern interior office space in a 40 year old building in Parkwood. Designed to enhance and encourage collaborative creativity in a studio environment.

PROJECT DATE
2018
CITY
JOHANNESBURG
COUNTRY
SOUTH AFRICA
SIZE
230m
CLIENT
CO-ARC INTERNATIONAL ARCHITECTS
CONSULTANTS
SPOORMAKER & PARTNERS

When Co-Arc were asked to vacate their current premises, numerous challenges were faced.

One of the biggest challenges was that the new offices were considerably smaller, while the existing furniture and same number of staff had to fit into this smaller interior. The prime objective for the fit out was that the same comfortable studio culture remained regardless of the size.

It was also important that a new contemporary and timeless image was created for the company that has produced exemplary architecture for the last 50 years.

Moving to larger computer screen sizes and less paper enabled the office furniture from the existing offices to be modified to suit the ergonomic and operational requirements of each workspace and created a more intimate working environment for the central studio.

Layers of transparency were created. The reception and board rooms use clear frameless glazing, enabling filtered views of the studio, between curated posters of the history of the practice. Also overlooking the studio the directors’ cubicles with clear glazed corners open onto the studio allowing partners to be both part of and apart from the studio. Combinations of reflection and transparency through the arrangement of the furniture allow for a sense of enclosure and intimacy within a large open space, where every individual within the deep office has a personal space and every space from reception to print room has both natural light and a magical view across the adjacent tree canopy.

The combination of clear glass with a neutral palette, has punches of colour that subtly add a richness and sophistication which feeds back to the corporate identity of Co-Arc International Architects. The predominantly light interior reflects and spreads a soft diffuse natural light across the studio and into the board rooms.

The interior was designed to achieve maximum impact with minimum resource and with the green star system in mind, every element was considered in terms of environmental sustainability. However, elements which serve only to prove compliance in order to obtain green star points without adding environmental value commensurate to capital outlay were not implemented.

This new office space has transformed the office providing a new space that enriches and inspires collaboration and forward thinking.

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