Hollard Phase I & II
|Project Name:||Hollard Insurance Campus|
|Location:||Federation Road, Parktown|
|Date:||2004 - 2009|
1 000 parking bays
Insurance company Hollard occupy a key site along the Parktown Ridge, with excellent visibility to and from the M1 freeway. The site is home to Villa Arcadia, residence of Randlord Sir Lionel Philips and his influential wife Lady Florence Philips, designed and built by Sir Herbert Baker in 1910 and more recently occupied by the Jewish Orphanage.
Hollard acquired the 16-acre site to create a new office campus to consolidate their staff from various different locations, improving corporate identity and workplace efficiency. Two office buildings – phase I in three storeys over two parking levels, and phase II in two storeys over 3 parking levels - were carefully placed to respond to the existing heritage structures in a balance of history and modern use.
Phase I, a joint venture with Arc Architects, houses the Hollard offices, which include a multifunctional sports hall in the atrium reflecting the work-play philosophy of the company.
Phase II houses the Etana offices, with an unrivalled view over the leafy suburbs of Johannesburg. Here a circular atrium is the soul of the building where all the functions converge. A swooping steel stair and well-used fireman’s pole portray the dynamic vision of the tenant.
The neglected Villa Arcadia has been restored to its former glory, and is now the perfect and appropriate setting given Lady Philips’s art world involvement, to display the extensive Hollard art collection.
The former coach house and stables have been refurbished providing space for offices and meeting areas. Material choice was careful to complement the context of the heritage site on Parktown ridge, without being pastiche. The palette includes warm-toned plaster, a slate roof and Westcliff stone base, and modern glass and aluminium windows. The garden, though now smaller, remains a central element of the scheme and its setting, providing a magnificent respite for the building occupants.