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19 Oct 2018

Plans revealed for South African bank new HQ

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dhk unveils curvilinear design for head office of one of the largest banks in South Africa

Plans have been revealed for the new Stellenbosch HQ of Capitec Bank, featuring an extension to 21,500 sqm of office space.

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South African practice dhk has 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, creating a building that will enjoy 360-degree views.

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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.

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The interior was designed with future expansion for Capitec Bank in mind, and built to international best-practice standards of modern workplace design, the building will enable a high level of interaction amongst business units whilst providing flexibility, adaptability and agility. In addition to workstations. The office will include a central canteen, coffee stations and a Capitec Bank branch.

Director at dhk and lead architect on the project Peter Stokes says, “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.”

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According to Derick Henstra, executive chairman at dhk, “Capitec is one of the most progressive and exciting companies in South Africa. We are delighted to have been the architects chosen to design their new headquarters”.

Capitec’s head office is set to be completed in February 2020.

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