Leading flooring supplier, KBAC Flooring, provided and installed 60 000 square metres of flooring for the impressive new head office of the Discovery Group in Sandton.
The imposing building, on the corner of Rivonia Road and Katherine Street, comprises three linked office towers each featuring a ground floor, eight office floors, and a roof level to house Discovery’s gym and sports facilities. Designed by Boogertman + Partners, with the interiors specified by Paragon Interface Architects, the new iconic head office at 1 Discovery Place is the largest new building certified by the Green Building Council of SA (GBCSA), and has received a five-star Green Star rating.
Lesley Fidrmuc, Interface Sales Consultant at KBAC Flooring, says KBAC’s popular and ultra-sustainable Interface modular flooring dominates the interiors, designed by Claire A’Dorante and her design team at Paragon Interface. KBAC, the sole Interface distributor in Southern Africa, supplied and installed the following Interface flooring:
- Interface Composure: installed in five different colours, with Diffuse (30 000m2), and Solitude (16 000m2), serving as the two main ‘field carpets” with the other Composure colours interspersing and creating subtle curves throughout the building’s flooring. “The Interface Composure collection is exceptionally durable and easy to maintain, and therefore ideal for high traffic commercial or private spaces. The pile material consists of 100% solution dyed nylon which is extremely colour fast and resists fading,” Lesley explains;
- Interface Net Effect One: 1200m2 installed in the public, and reception, as well as pause, areas alongside “high design” bright coloured Interface Touch and Tones, Heuga 530 Ginger with toning Marmoleum sheeting of six colours also complementing the design. “The pause areas on each floor are demarcated by an individual colour,” Lesley states.
“In addition, KBAC installed Belgotex Westminster broadloom carpeting in the auditoriums, as well as Marmoleum Forbo sheeting for the roof gym areas,” she adds.
Co-designer of the interiors of the acclaimed new building, Paragon Interface’s Anthony Karam, says: “The dynamic use of colours and textures is drawn from Discovery’s own corporate identity and conceptually drives the way through the eight levels of the Discovery campus building. Through a tactile and engaging environment, the design intent brings life and vibrancy to the atrium, and stimulates the ‘buzz’ around the building. We carefully selected the floor finishes to enrich the diverse user experience and deliver a memorable aesthetic throughout the building.”
To create an environment centred on staff health and well-being, Paragon Interface incorporated both active and calm environments, formally structured throughout the building. The typical office floor plates are designed for activity-based working to enhance collaboration and business efficiency.
Discovery took occupation of the property, jointly owned by Growthpoint and Zenprop, at the end of 2017.