The Bank, Rosebank, Johannesburg
The Bank is an exciting new mixed-use development in the hub of Rosebank, Johannesburg. It is an approximately 14,300 sqm, 12 Storey mixed-use building with 3 additional floors of basement parking. The structure of the existing 4 storey building, previously a bank, is being retained and added onto. The ground floor consists of retail, restaurants and hotel reception and conference facilities. The other 11 floors are occupied by offices and a hotel. The public areas around the building on ground floor level will be activated through the design of pedestrian friendly landscaping and furniture.
The building uses mainly renewable energy sources, such as a solar farm on the roof to power the building, as well as a heat recovery system which reuses the waste heat from the HVAC to heat water for the hotel.
The design aesthetic celebrates the history of the original building as a banking institute. The deep facebrick façade creates an impression of strength and resilience, which is softened by the greenery along the façade. The building then defragments at the top into a minimalist crown, which creates deep landscaped roof gardens in which to enjoy the views of the Johannesburg skyline.