leading project March/April 2010 6 Leading Arc hi te c t ure kpmg east campus Combining the old with the new Photographs by Michael and Vanessa Lewis The KPMG East Campus in Parktown, Johannesburg was designed to reflect the newest planning principles adopted from the company’s London development, but with an interesting South African heritage challenge thrown in for good measure LEFT AND ABOVE: The new KPMG East Campus, incorporating the Wanooka House, a heritage building which will be used for executive entertainment. K PMG’s brief to Impendulo Design Architects for this project was to develop a three-phase office development consisting of Phase 1 of 7 000m², Phase 2 of 10 000m² and Phase 3 of an additional 7 000m². This development forms part of an extension to the existing KPMG crescent in Parktown. leading project March/April 2010 8 Leading Arc hi te c t ure kpmg east campus ABOVE: The design of the KPMG buildings has three major architectural design onsiderations. These are heritage, the existing architectural language at the KPMG crescent and a consideration of contemporary architecture. LEFT: The 320-seat auditorium, which can double in size to house 500 due to moveable walls. leading project March/April 2010 Leading Arc hi te c t ure 9 kpmg east campus We cater for commercial and corporate joinery requirements through the use of high tech machinery. We offer turnkey operation to suit your requirements. Impendulo Design Architects was established in 2001 by Karabo Letele and Dr. George Candiotes. Today the company is led by its directors, Clients include Pick ‘n Pay, Ian Pretorius, Karabo Letele and Johann Schoeman, supported by Nedcor, KPMG, Standard Bank, Grinaker LTA, Kodak, Abland, associates John Langenhoven and Brendan Hunkin. “Our practice places General Motors. great emphasis on interpreting the brief so as to satisfy our client’s needs accurately,” notes Langenhoven. “We have a Level Two AAA BEE rating due to our policies on black ownership and control, black management, socio-economic upliftment and our continued training and development,” he continues. The brief The requirements from KPMG called for office space, an auditorium, pause areas and client meeting rooms. The required degree of flexibility in terms of office space was successfully met after extensive research overseas at KPMG’s offices in London at Canary Wharf and various other successful office developments in Holland and Germany. “With all these precedents in mind, as well as the fact that KPMG is a global competitor, the challenge was developing KPMG Phase 1 on a site of significant heritage value,” explains Langenhoven. The site which housed the core heritage building on the site, namely Wanooka, was situated in front of an architecturally significant building, The Kangra, designed by Louis Karol Architects. Extensive public participation with the Parktown/Westcliff Heritage Trust required that the Kangra be considered for use as it had significant value as one of the first examples of contemporary architecture next to a heritage building in South Africa. After extensive research, the building was declared inefficient in terms of its ‘letability’, but a sensitive approach in the design process allowed for the retaining of the northern facade of the Kangra which successfully reflects and enhances the presence of Wanooka House. To further enhance the presence of the Wanooka an internal axis was introduced and developed as a pedestrian street, therefore celebrating this heritage core element from both inside and outside. “The design of KPMG has three major architectural design onsiderations. These are heritage, the existing architectural language at the KPMG crescent and a consideration of contemporary architecture,” says Langenhoven. “These design generators made way for the concept, termed the ‘gateway to the city’. This urban idea celebrates entry into HS Shopfitters (PTY) Ltd our city via Jan Smuts Avenue and considers the modest scale of the Proud to be associated with the KPMG East Campus Parktown area.” Contact: Jonathan Wobker Design style Tel: (011) 433 2070 “Our design approach has always been to provide our clients with Fax: (011) 433 1410 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org leading project March/April 2010 Leading Arc hi te c t ure 11 kpmg east campus ABOVE: The ground level is completed by contemporary architectural solutions a staff canteen most noticeable for its reflecting a timeless aesthetic, without being vivid murals. dominated by new trends or ‘fashionable’ architecture,” says Langenhoven. LEFT: The striking modern exteriors are From outside, Wanooka House, an executive matched internally with uncluttered, entertainment area that can host meetings comfy public space. and functions, is flawless, the brick details taking their cue from the original chimneys which still adorn the roof as well as from the removal of the cement plaster from some of the brick detail around the ‘stoep’ arches and the windows and doors. From the airy entrance foyer with its high ceilings which you would expect from a house of its era, you move into an opulent dining room-cum-boardroom which links up to a bar area embellished with silver finishes. A ‘memorabilia room’ which retraces the history of the company through frames on the walls leading project March/April 2010 12 Leading Arc hi te c t ure kpmg east campus Throughout, the interiors, bright and light due to the predominantly glass facade, are peppered with a mixture of furniture styles. boardroom table and is ornamented by photographs of plane details from the war museum). The upstairs is completed with a lounge, which, as Langenhoven explains, is probably the closest the interior comes to looking if it were still a house. A service staircase and upstairs preparation area have also been added. “It is a heritage component with a modern-day function,” says Archie Norval from Impendulo. “It has become an element of which KPMG are very proud.” The interiors were not designed with the intention of taking it back to its original period – Impendulo Design Architects created interiors which are more contemporary but still incorporate elements of the old. The lighting in the house is noteworthy, with each room featuring a standout piece, be it an elegant chandelier or an interesting bamboo lamp. The main office building is literally worlds apart. “The company is comprised predominantly of young people, so the design needed to speak to the new generation,” says Norval. The striking modern exteriors are matched internally with uncluttered, comfy public space, much of it separated by glass in a bid for transparency and openness. After arriving at the entrance (which is to be landscaped), visitors are greeted by a clean, corporate environment which opens up onto an enormous fresh space, flanked to the right by a 320-seat auditorium, which can double in size to house 500 due to moveable walls. To the left of the entrance are three client facing rooms in textured white wallpaper, offices for informal meetings without the need for access to the main building. The ground level is completed by a staff canteen most noticeable for its vivid murals, including a New York and a subway scene, and its comfortable, modern seating. Throughout, the interiors, bright and light due to the predominantly glass facade, are peppered with a mish-mash of furniture styles, textures and colours (designed by Norval himself ) – and it works. “I had endless fun doing it,” he says. The pause areas, designed to get the 450-odd staff out of the usual work day scenario for coffee or to share a cold drink, are opens up off the bar and foyer. Elaborately wallpapered bathrooms and a cheerful and cosy. Paint and colour, supplied by Versus Paint, is also a kitchen complete the ground floor. striking feature. An impressive wooden staircase leads you up to the second level with Sustainability two further boardrooms (one with a 12-seater dark wood table, and the “We incorporate principles of green architecture from the initial other, the 20-seater main boardroom which reuses a renovated KPMG planning stages,” says Langenhoven, which included the optimisation leading project March/April 2010 Leading Arc hi te c t ure 13 kpmg east campus The ‘memorabilia’ room in Wanooka House. We have engaged in all aspects of the development, including urban regeneration, architectural response and interior architecture. The interior architecture at KPMG and Wanooka House successfully addresses both the heritage and contemporary issues in a fresh and highly creative manner,” concludes Langenhoven. Tel: +27 11 801 4600 email@example.com www.wetrok.co.za Professional Cleaning Systems & Entrance Matting Programs of energy efficiency and incorporated passive and active systems. “For KPMG Phase 1 the SANS 204 requirement is for an energy consumption value of 200 kw/p/m2, yet we received a calculation of 140kw/p/hr, well under the standard rating. We are currently in the process of achieving a Green Star rating for Phase 1 with a realistic expectation of a 4-star rating,” he explains. “Having such dynamic directorship, project management, design and documentation experts on this project, we The modern bar on the ground floor of the Wanooka House. successfully integrated our accumulated experience and expertise to create the start of something we believe will attain iconic status within the context of the Parktown/Braamfontein area.