NEW OFFICE ACCOMMODATION, KLOOF (BELLEVUE CAMPUS)
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The starting point for Bellevue Campus is the traditional South African agricultural settlement – uniform extruded sheds arranged around a central yard connecting a diverse range of mutually-supportive activities into an effective functional ecology. When the farmhouse is part of this arrangement, it’s usually a more elaborate construction expressing its specifically domestic purpose.

Adopting its capacity to enable so much with so little, we abstracted and applied the model’s primary built and open-space attributes. Uniform extrusions are re-coded into super-flexible office, residential, warehousing, education or retail uses, each end modified into a unique portico marking the entrances to buildings and external spaces.

The agricultural yard is also re-coded, mutating a hard functional environment into an extracted piece of the indigenous savannah landscape. Through location and elevation, the preexisting Cape-Dutch style house is assigned the role of primary public building on a public garden.

Stone pergola columns, garden and terrace walls and other fragments of the site’s multi-generational history are retained as physical and sentimental references. The undulating topography is shaped into a series of landscape terraces.

Original outbuildings on the perimeter of the site are adapted, extended and new elements attached to accommodate a range of supporting amenities – a restaurant/café, boutique retail store and a specialist bakery – that enrich the new business, social, and cultural ecology.

LOCATION

Kloof, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal

TYPE

Mixed-use, Commercial, Hospitality, Retail, Office

AWARDS

SAIA Award of Excellence (2002)

COMPLETED

2001

Contact

94 Florida Road, Durban
4001, South Africa

T +27 (0)31 303 5191
F +27 (0)31 303 5198
E admin@designworkshop.co.za

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