Capitec Bank has unveiled the design of its new head office in Technopark in Stellenbosch.
The business currently operates from multiple buildings in scattered locations in the same business park and has therefore decided to consolidate its offices into one building, it said in a statement on Monday (10 September).
It added that the office will be custom-designed and owned by the company – thus increasing operational efficiencies.
Leading South African architecture studio, dhk, designed the building whilst taking into account Capitec’s current occupancy and planned growth.
The new building will be situated on two vacant and adjacent plots of land on the North-West edge of Technopark and will accommodate up to 21,500 sqm of space.
A number of key concepts have been considered, namely, the identity of the brand, internal flow and green initiatives – such as water saving, energy saving and air quality.
The architects designed a single three-storey building with a wide open-plan floor plate that ‘loops’ around a central triple-volume atrium. The loop adopts a fluid curvilinear form that shifts along its length, capitalising on the property’s 360-degree views.
The floor plates are connected across the atrium by a series of feature bridges and staircases to promote interactivity between departments. The façade of the building was developed to accentuate the linear looped form with a simple ribbon of fenestration that responds to the ever-changing orientation of the building.
In addition to workstations, the office will include a central canteen, coffee stations and a Capitec Bank branch.
A parking area has also been designed which will be housed in a separate structure.
“Capitec encouraged input from the architects and interior designers to incorporate the latest workplace trends.
“To future-proof the design of the building, a flexible and agile approach was taken. The flow within the building supports a high degree of interaction and collaboration between business units and the executives,” said director at dhk and lead architect on the project Peter Stokes.