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21st Aug 2022

Architect Africa Online

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Heartwood Properties reveals interior design for new hybrid office development

The work-from-home phenomena has taken the world by storm, and while it appears to be here to stay, it doesn’t mean the end of the brick-and-mortar office. In fact, according to research done by commercial and industrial property developer, Heartwood Properties, who are listed on the Cape Town Stock Exchange, they found that most tenants were very keen on adopting a hybrid working model. This trend inspired the design of the new Sunvlei hybrid office park in Somerset West, which has given new meaning to the office of the future.

Heartwood Properties have welcomed the opportunity to rethink how offices are built considering the health and wellbeing of tenants as well as the environment. Sunvlei, which is situated in the Paardevlei precinct of Somerset West, is well positioned for semigrators to make the suburb their new home. This area has already seen several exclusive residential estates and top schools, with plenty of outdoor living space and is just a 30-minute drive into the city of Cape Town.

The contemporary Scandinavian interior design with high-tech features, sets the tone for a serene, home away from home environment coupled with an inviting high-end hotel feeling. All fittings and features are meant to transport you into the future. One can expect to find lots of natural and raw elements, such as terrazzo floor, concrete look carpets, light oak cladding and finishes in calm and soothing colours. Also bare, smooth metal light pendants and soft cove lighting. Lots of greenery is planned, in the form of plants, tree, arts and accents to add to tranquil feel.

“We hope that by creating a unique inspired workspace it will set a new standard in the office industry. As a company we appreciate the cumulative positive benefits that great design and wow spaces have on one’s mood and productivity. We are excited to launch this extraordinary experience and believe that positive affect of this amazing space will be invaluable.” Says Michelle Utterson.

Sunvlei is a 2 000 square meter office development offering tenants access to innovative future-focused features such as electric vehicle charging bays, 100 solar panels, Tesla UPS battery system, ultra-high-speed Wi-Fi, a backup power generator, and backup water tanks. The modern architecture is designed by locally based architect Bruce Wilson who is also responsible for the Sanctuary and Waterstone shopping malls in Somerset West. The exclusive designer interiors have been a collaboration between Michelle Utterson and Madre Meyer of Source IBA and has modelled against some of the world’s best-looking airport lounges whose clean, contemporary designs rival some of the chicest of hotel lobbies.

The building will house a 252m2 designer business lounge, with luxury finishes including meeting rooms, a coffee bar and zoom pods. This is available to the tenants’ remote workers to come to when they need to pay the occasional visit to the office. In addition, there are eight business suites, sized between 163 m2 to 233 m2, available to buy or rent with the ability to combine units and ranging in price from R17 862 per m2 to R19 213 per m2.

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