South African Institute for Advancement
Our studio was engaged to convert 1200m² of office space in the historic Armoury Building in Buchanan Square, a landmark office complex in Woodstock for Inyathelo. This non-governmental organization promotes philanthropy and provides training in raising donor funding.
The extensive brief included offices for their own use, flexible open-plan spaces with research and hot-desk facilities, and a conferencing centre for presentations and training.
Our concept of an art gallery helped to articulate the complex brief into a flexible and transparent work and research environment, and provides a hub around which all of the functions are arranged.
‘Flexibility and transparency were key concepts in the realisation of this inspiring work environment’.
The gallery provides a dynamic environment to exhibit art and custom designed furniture pieces, including the workstations, meeting pods and the reception hub, View furniture
In keeping with the spirit of openness and upliftment, we removed most of the original internal walls and opened up the space, so that the natural light and views – over District Six to the dramatic backdrop of Table Mountain – are now shared by all.
Responding to the client’s need for meeting and training facilities, we designed a series of 20 seater conference rooms and a 100 seater auditorium with a dedicated catering kitchen and comprehensive audio-visual facilities.
Flexible acoustic walls allow these spaces to be opened up into each other to suit a multitude of combinations and functions, from meetings and training, to lectures and presentations, and the entire 270m² space can be opened up into one large auditorium to seat 400 people.
Original brick walls, timber trusses and cast iron columns were stripped down to their natural finish and incorporated into the design. Internal doors, windows, lighting and the original air-conditioning system were salvaged and integrated into the new design.
New walls, ceilings and frameless glass panels were carefully placed and finished to complement the existing shell, and a white epoxy floor holds the new and original elements together.