Melrose Arch Office Buildings/ Johannesburg
The design of building H303, a building containing specialist retail at ground level and offices on the remaining three floors, responds to a new urbanism framework designed by Urban Solutions and Osmond Lange for the Melrose Arch precinct.
The building responds to the street and build-to line by forming an understated wall that does not compete against the adjacent landmark building. Apertures are architecturally defined by a series of cutouts in the façade. Pavilions fragment the courtyard façade, allowing visual and physical accessibility towards the shared space, while providing unique offices and boardrooms.
This building was a collaboration between Henri Comrie and Chris Wilkinson as co-directors of Comrie + Wilkinson Architects and Urban Designers.
Date of completion: 2001