Anglo American Campus
Location: Johannesburg, South Africa
Program: Corporate campus
Client: Anglo American
Team: In association with Jakupa Architects & Urban Designers
Status: 3rd prize winner
This project was a collaboration with Jakupa Architects and Urban Designers. It was a two stage competition seeking architectural solutions to modernise the Johannesburg campus of mining corporation Anglo American.
The concept expresses the company’s close connection to the landscape and their geological explorations, by creating more visible and interactive social environments that represent these two elements throughout the campus:
Urban carpet deals with the horizontal ground plane, conceived as a social landscape, undulating and full of greenery. It stretches into each building and into open public spaces, unifying the whole campus and merging with the city’s urban fabric beyond the campus boundary.
Crystal boxes deals with the internal vertical floors. New extensions on the roofs of buildings form light boxes, and floating social hubs and conference rooms inside the buildings are made of glass to evoke the quartz and rich minerals trapped in rocks.
Designed to achieve a five-star Green Star rating, the campus buildings include energy saving green technologies such as tri-generation system to reduce energy by 50%, mix-mode cooling and ventilation, waste recycling and rain water harvesting, among others.
The proposal was awarded 3rd prize in the Anglo American ‘Reinvention’ Architectural Competition. The competition attracted over 60 submissions from architectural practices all over South Africa.