Cape Chamber of Commerce

Cape Chamber of Commerce

This project involved the assessment and spatial planning of the premises to be used for the Cape Chamber of Commerce offices. It required a detailed understanding of the structure and functioning of the organisation to come up with a conceptual spatial layout to facilitate that functioning to an optimal level. The chamber operates as a governing and service entity, interfacing with both local and international business owners. It thus required a strategic blend between back and front of house functions with varying levels of privacy, but optimum efficiency within a limited floor plate. The chamber also wished to move from a cellular office arrangement to an open plan environment whilst allowing sealed rooms for certain functions, break-away meeting rooms and common areas. The concept saw the main chamber being used to separate the more public facilities from the more privately orientated ones by placing it central to the space and creating a feature of the room – it serves as the heart of the space. The use of glazing and circulation around that central ‘pod’ ensured that the room be perceived as distinct from the rest of the functions and that the rest of the working and meeting spaces have adequate light, ventilation, views and privacy. Artwork designed by Artist Lorenzo Nassimbeni was used for the cladding of the central chamber: it is a contemporary interpretation of Adderley Street, the historic centre of commerce and trade in Cape Town.

Project Cost - appr. R5 000 000
Client – Cape Chamber of Commerce
Team - Jakupa Architects and Urban Designers
Project type – Interior design
Status - Complete in 2014