GIFA Award of Excellence 2017 : Sasol Place by Paragon Architects

Sasol Place by Paragon Architects

ArchitectsParagon Architects

As the new headquarters for one of the most innovative and successful companies in South Africa, Sasol Place is befitting of its setting in a city that boasts of having one of the largest man-made gardens in the world. The podium of the building is softened by an expansive rooftop indigenous garden, as it elevates the entrance of the building from the busy street edge along Katherine Street. Water is woven into the building pallet in a way that passively cools the building, while providing a calming noise buffer, to the loud traffic outside, as well as functioning as an auditory way-finder.

The building is very much in its time in terms of design and material. The shape of the building recalls the Sasol logo, and has 11 stories of programmatic spaces organised around a palatial atrium space that visually connects the users at different levels. The building is designed as a 5 Star, Green Star rated building, and boasts of having a fitness centre, several restaurants, as well as an art gallery to showcase the company’s art collection.