Nedbank Phase II
|Project Name:||Nedbank Phase II|
|Location:||135 Rivonia Road, Sandton|
|Date:||Phase II: 2007 - 2010|
|Size:||Phase II: 40 000m²
1 560 parking bays
The prestigious Nedbank corporate office in Sandton is the first GBCSA Green Star certified building in South Africa, having achieved a 4-star Design rating in October 2009 and a 4-star As-Built rating in September 2010. Phase II completes the Nedbank Campus, located in the heart of the Sandton business district.
The existing basement structure and architectural language established a framework within which Phase II, containing seven floors of office space over a two floor support retail element, was designed and constructed. Two h-shaped blocks around a central atrium enclose a striking park, and firmly establish the perimeter block planning approach to the urban design of the campus in the Sandton context.
The transparent atrium affords views through the building out to the cityscape and in to the park, providing visual orientation and integration. The retail on the ground level opens onto a covered colonnade along Maude Street adding to the pedestrian activity in the public realm. Internally, the striking central multi-volume atrium functions as the street of the building enabling primary circulation, incidental meeting and interaction, and gathering for functions. Trees, lighting, signage, and art pieces articulate the human scale of the space.
The complementary material choice and detailing language continues the language of timeless architecture established in the first phase. Sustainable initiatives incorporated into the building design include a full-economy cycle HVAC system; efficient water fittings; a DALI lighting system with light, movement and temperature sensors; careful material choices and finishes specification (low VOC carpets and paints, FSC timber etc.); rainwater harvesting and an intended blackwater treatment plant.
Making better, healthier and more productive places to work was central to the design motivation. The improved indoor climate maximising natural light and views, together with staff amenities such as restaurants, gardens, and cyclist parking and showers address this ambition.