Club 2: adding more prestigious office space to Pretoria
The new Club 2 Building in Hazelwood, Pretoria, is set to become a landmark property in the city. The modern, industrial yet retro look and feel, combined with the striking curved roof, has made it a hotspot for local tenants.
In 2015, Atterbury Properties appointed Hofman Architects to design a space that would accommodate a gym as well as office spaces. Situated on the corner of Pinaster Avenue and 18th Street in Pretoria, Club 2 builds on the prestigious Club One office building that was designed and completed in 2011. The five office floors of Club One are leased to the University of South Africa, with popular retail areas such as Hogshead Craft Beer and Hudsons The Burger Joint occupying the ground floor section.
Tony Hofman, Director at Hofman Architects, says that careful thought and planning went into designing the look and feel of Club 2.
“We designed a portal frame roof structure that has curved sections and is divided by box gutters. There are five sections of the building and the roof indents inwards and outwards to add depth and shading to the Eastern façade, which is the main entrance façade, of the building,” says Tony.
Creating a steel portal frame was both challenging and interesting. The design team wanted to use a steel i-beam as the main design element and the i-beam had to be curved around the bullnoses of the building. Klip-Tite sheet cladding was chosen for the project.
“We specified Klip-Tite cladding so that there wouldn’t be any joints over the length of sheets. The bullnose was then configured on site and the whole steel portal was installed as a single unit on site. The cladding as well as the striking roof enabled us to meet the aesthetic goal of creating a modern and industrial look and feel,” says Tony.
The interior design and décor of the building fits seamlessly with the exterior. On the first floor, there is a steel H-profile column that supports the steel portal frame of the roof. The elevator of the building is also a unique addition to Club 2 as it is an open lift that was created with steel columns and steel mesh.
“The elevator in Club 2 is open and it is surrounded by an open staircase with granite treads. If you are riding in the elevator of Club 2, you could be talking to someone who is walking up and down the stairs, as it’s free of walls and other obstructions. The way that the interior and exterior of the building blend together has made the space a hit among both the property developers and tenants,” says Tony.
After seeing the design of Club 2, Atterbury Properties decided to move their head office from Lynnwood Bridge into the first second and mezzanine floor of the building. Planet Fitness occupies half of the ground and first floor and other tenants include attorneys, a spectacle shop, and a company that buys and sells exclusive game, among others.
Since Klip-Tite was launched in 2013, over two million square metres of the sheeting has been rolled and installed on leading African projects. The new generation concealed fix roof sheeting offers superior wind uplift capabilities and it incorporates transverse stiffener ribs in the pan, which is the latest technology in the local roofing sector.
“Property developers, architects and designers are increasingly interested in cladding solutions that can meet first-of-a-kind geometries and layouts. Global Roofing Solutions is excited about the new Club 2 building and we look forward to seeing how architects will continue to use this cladding solution in future,” comments Martin Smith, Managing Director of Global Roofing Solutions.