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DOHLER SOUTH AFRICA, PAARL

PAARL, WESTERN CAPE
 

PROJECT TEAM

 

ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN    

ROSSOUW LE ROUX ARCHITECTS

VAN ZYL GAERTNER ASSOCIATES

 

FOOD PROCESSING ENGINEERS

SIRIUS ENGINEERING

 

CONSULTING ENGINEERS

ZUTARI (PTY) LTD

 

CONSULTING REFRIGERATION ENGINEERS

JEFF WEDGWOOD CONSULTING ENGINEERS (PTY) LTD

 

HEALTH AND SAFETY CONSULTANTS

SANSAFE SAFETY & TRAINING

 

CONTRACTOR

LONGWORTH & FAUL

Production Facility Office 

Clients approached us to design a sofisticated production office, as well as redesign the Building façade and Landscape with an overall Masterplan to their new production facility in Paarl. Our approach was to look at an architectural design that build up values and identity through the use of pragmatic forms texture and use of space.

 

The success of factories is often measured in terms of raw data around production. It is easy to forget that even the most automated facilities are underpinned by fresh ideas, innovation and most importantly, by people. When people are unhappy, production inevitably suffers.

 

It was important to us that our design solution demonstrate a keen interest in people’s wellbeing and add value to the client’s operations.

 

Strong forms and clear organization communicate a simple and pragmatic architectural language.

 

The use of complimentary texturing creates a rich contrast to the simple shapes and massing.

 

Internally, Finishes and services are exposed, organized and layered to enhance the visual experience.

 

By necessity, industrial buildings use hard landscape for forklifts and large trucks to move around and are seldom knows for their sensitivity to the site. It was however, important that building create an experience and connection to the natural environment.

 

Select soft indigenous landscaping outside the building create an urban park feel to break the hard surfacing around the facility and create a soft approach to the main entrance.  Views are framed toward breathtaking views of the Drakenstein Mountains, and Sculptural light shafts bring natural light into deeper parts of the office.

 

Good design is often characterised, not when there is nothing to add, but when there is nothing left to take away. Balancing design solutions in a value driven approach often provides a simple and clear, but rich aesthetic. Architecture has a great influence on shaping our daily lives and it is important to always be mindful how our design contribute to the lived experience that enrich people’s lives.

 

We are grateful to be part of this journey with Doehler SA.  

PHOTOGRAPHIC CREDITS: RLR ARCHITECTS

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