What is it about design that sets certain people apart from the rest of society?
Is it the ability to open ones imagination to something that seemed impossible until seeing it for themselves? Is it perhaps the ‘Wow’ factor? Maybe it’s just the fact that the idea has been put into reality and it is there for all to behold?
No matter what the reason, we have been blessed to live on this planet with some exceptional ‘out of the box thinking’ and I would like to open your mind to the creativity of modern architecture and perhaps the direction that architecture is moving in, in South Africa.
The setting is the ultra vibey city of Sandton – not only is it the business hub of Johannesburg, but also the destination for many young, outgoing South Africans looking for a good night out. Sandton is always growing, mixing youthful trend setters with visionary businesses and business men and woman. But what does that say about the architecture of this magnificent city? With buildings popping up regularly, this mini metropolis is growing at a rapid rate and as we progress, so does the architecture – but is it keeping up with the times?
If we take the new modern and unique design of the new 102 Rivonia building, then it’s a resounding ‘Yes’. Designed by Boogertman + Partners Architects and headed by lead design architect Bob van Bebber, everything about this building has gone beyond the limits of modern architecture. The unique ‘stacked’ look and feel has been executed perfectly as has the glass façade that reflects the African sunset and Sandton CBD magnificently. This building is fresh and exciting and it’s clear to see that a lot of time and effort went into designing it.
This beautiful building breaks the ‘normal’ Sandton skyline and makes anything near it look minuscule, in fact, I would go as far as saying that anything near it, disappears completely.
It’s not just the jaw dropping exterior of this building that’s broken boundaries though, believe it or not, the interior and atrium is absolutely mind blowing. The criss-crossing bridges above the atrium, as well as the use of natural light create a comfortable and visually appealing working environment.
That’s still not all, it also holds a 4 Star Green rating, which means it conforms with the modern day standards of being Environmentally friendly. A large percentage of this building is built with recycled building materials and overall, it has a low carbon foot print – so who said ‘environmentally friendly’ had to be boring?
I strongly believe this building is setting the standards for the future of architecture, not just in Sandton, not just in South Aftica, but in Africa as a whole. It’s a fantastic reflection of the standards being set in modern day South Africa and should be an inspiration to anyone with an ounce of creativity.
As a graphic designer and someone that enjoys any form of design, I felt it was my duty to share my thoughts on this remarkable building of the future.