Aurecon Center, (Lynnwood Bridge Office Park, 4 Daventry Street, Pretoria, Tshwane)

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GISKEY (Input giskey if applicable)
Condition Excellent
Date of origin 15 September 2011
Previous names No Previous Names
Place Lynnwood Bridge Office Park (Lynnwood Manor)
Street 4 Daventry Street
Town Tshwane, (Pretoria)
Magisterial district City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality
Province Gauteng
Country South Africa
GPS coordinates 25°45'52.62"S, 28°16'38.66"E
Planning authority name Atterbury Property Group
Architect/Firm Barnes van der Walt Architects
Interior Architect/Firm Hofman Architects
Project architect/Designer David Barnes
Consulting Engineers Aurecon
Green Building Expert Martin Smith
Commissioning owner Lynwood Bridge Office Park (Pty) Ltd. and Atterbury Property Group (Co-Owner)
Current owner Lynwood Bridge Office Park (Pty) Ltd. and Atterbury Property Group (Co-Owner)
Project Budget R 21 000 000
Current occupant Aurecon
Previous uses Head Office
Current use Head Office
Classification/Typology Office Park
Contact Details (t) +27 12 427 2000
(f) +27 865560521
(e) tshwane@aurecongroup.com
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Significance

This is the first office building in Tshwane (South Africa’s Capital city to achieve a 4 Star GreenStar SA [Office Design v1, Office Design v1] rating from the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA). Sustainability is a research field high on the agenda of the City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality Council, making this a prominent building within the context of Tshwane and South Africa. The Executive Mayor of Tshwane, Councillor Kgosientso Ramokgopa officially opened the Building on the 15th of September 2011.
Rikus de Kock 18 Oct 2012 Aurecon Center Mayor.jpg


Current known heritage status

The Building Currently has no heritage status.

Possible interested and affected parties

History

The Aurecon Group received the opportunity to relocate 1000 of their Tshwane employees from their Offices in Burnett Street, to that of a newly planned development, namely Lynnwood Bridge Office Park. This relocation would allow them to play a mojor key within the design of the building, which according to their CEO, . This allowed the group to illustrate their beliefs that states: “Part of being the best in industry includes thinking about the most pressing issues their clients face. At the moment, one of these overarching challenges is that of ‘sustainability’, and in line with this, they are committed to playing a leading role in promoting environmentally sustainable development.”

Rikus de Kock 18 Oct 2012 Aurecon Center phase 2.jpg

Description of alterations with dates affected

No Alterations up to this point.

Phase II is currently underway to the East of the current Building

Description of site and/or structures and/or interior spaces

David Barnes, the Architect, stated that the worst traif that a building can have is to be inflexible. Therefore the Aurecon Building is adaptable to new layouts within the space, and the incorporation of new technology. He further states that the building should evolve as the company's needs grow (Kruger, 2011:61).

It can be described  as an office building comprising of a concrete column and beam structure with either glazed windows or well insulated brick infill used at all 4 Facades. A service core is in the middle of the building, with each floor as a mere duplicate of each other. This allows for large open spaces in which offices, meeting rooms and hot-desks can be installed. According to Barnes (in Kruger, 2011:61) a building’s worst trait is inflexibility. Thus one can understand how the approach of a simple structure covered by a “Green” shell (Kruger, 2011:62) with the specific engineering features qualifying the Green Star rating prominently influenced the design. The building signifies modernist design stylistically as well as intent.

Main Architectural features within this design, is that of implementation of natural light. The way in which light is reflected without glare into the building is a detail quite well resolved by the 3 different skylights.

Thick insulated wall were used to keeping warm air out, when it is hot, and retaining warmth when it is cold. The Shutters has also been designed with the intent of allowing the worker to experience the outside without having to deal with 50% or more glare.


Design Challenges:


According to Nicol Labuschagne and Martin Smith from Aurecon, the principle focuses of the engineering design were the following:


20 Sustainability Features: (Kruger, 2011:64)

Links

http://aurecongroup.com/About/Latest-News/2011/Jul/Aurecons-new-premises-a-celebration-of-green-minded-design-and-construction

http://aurecongroup.com/About/Latest-News/2011/Sep/Aurecon-s-Tshwane-offices-earn-the-group-its-second-Green-Star-SA-rating

http://earthworksmagazine.co.za/projects/aurecon-gets-rated/

http://www.engineeringnews.co.za/article/company-announcement-aurecons-tshwane-offices-earn-the-group-its-second-green-star-sa-rating-2011-09-16

http://www.isk.or.ke/mats/Construction%20Review%20October%20Issue.pdf

http://www.miningexhibitions.co.za/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=3376:aurecon-scores-another-green-star-rating&catid=219:hvacar-projects&Itemid=311

http://www.saia.org.za/members/?id=12076652

http://us-cdn.creamermedia.co.za/assets/articles/attachments/35001_aurecon.pdf

Sources

KRUGER, T. (2011). A Place of Fortitude. Earthworks. 3 (AUG/SEP), 59-65.

LAUBSCHER, J. (2012). Towards an Integrated Design Approach. Architecture South Africa. 54 (MAR/APR), 46-47.

VAN SCHOOR, K. (2011). Aurecon Offices, Lynnwood Bridge Office Park. Construction Review. 22 (9), 56-57.

Photos

(Photos Taken By Rikus de Kock, Captions available when Picture is Openened)

Rikus de Kock 18 Oct 2012 Aurecon Center South Western Facade.jpg
Rikus de Kock 18 Oct 2012 Aurecon Center Entrance.jpg
Rikus de Kock 18 Oct 2012 Aurecon Center Northern Facade.jpg
Rikus de Kock 18 Oct 2012 Aurecon Center Overflow Drainage and Filtration.jpg
Rikus de Kock 18 Oct 2012 Aurecon Center Overflow Planters.jpg
Rikus de Kock 18 Oct 2012 Aurecon Center Northern Shutters (detail).jpg
Rikus de Kock 18 Oct 2012 Aurecon Center Park to the North, Moreletta Spruit.jpg
Rikus de Kock 18 Oct 2012 Aurecon Center Western Facade.jpg
Rikus de Kock 18 Oct 2012 Aurecon Center Western Garden.jpg
Rikus de Kock 18 Oct 2012 Aurecon Center Phase II.jpg
Rikus de Kock 18 Oct 2012 Aurecon Center Atrium Skylight.jpg
Rikus de Kock 18 Oct 2012 Aurecon Center Atrium.jpg
Rikus de Kock 18 Oct 2012 Aurecon Center Foyer Skylight.jpg
Rikus de Kock 18 Oct 2012 Aurecon Center Pause Area.jpg
Rikus de Kock 18 Oct 2012 Aurecon Center Cafeteria.jpg
Rikus de Kock 18 Oct 2012 Aurecon Center Office Compartments.jpg
Rikus de Kock 18 Oct 2012 Aurecon Center Railing Detail (Rainwater Harvesting).jpg
Rikus de Kock 18 Oct 2012 Aurecon Center Skylight Detail (Roof).jpg
Rikus de Kock 18 Oct 2012 Aurecon Center Circulation Skylight.jpg
Rikus de Kock 18 Oct 2012 Aurecon Center Internal Circulation.jpg
Rikus de Kock 18 Oct 2012 Aurecon Center Circulation Skylight Detail (Roof).jpg
Rikus de Kock 18 Oct 2012 Aurecon Center 6 Story Volume.jpg
Rikus de Kock 18 Oct 2012 Aurecon Center Library.jpg
Rikus de Kock 18 Oct 2012 Aurecon Center Bicycle Parkade.jpg

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