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                                                                                             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.
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                                                                     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.
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       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
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       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.”
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                                                                            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
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              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
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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.




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                                                           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.

				
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