Architect and Builder Magazine South Africa Dec 2017 / Jan 2018 - Page 104

INTERIOR FEATURE TRAVELSTART INTERIOR DESIGN: INHOUSE A | PHOTOGRAPHY: RIAAN WEST PHOTOGRAPHY lready nearing its second decade, Travelstart remains one of Africa’s leading online travel agencies and booking websites. Having recently relocated its Cape Town headquarters to a two-and-a-half-storey set of offices in Longkloof Studios, located just off the bustling hub that is Kloof Street; it is natural that the company should wish to set itself up in a working space that would reflect its efficiency and modernity. The initial interior design concept was inspired by the office featured in Nancy Meyers’ 2015 comedy film The Intern, upon which Travelstart’s CEO wished to model the new space. From there, Inhouse Director, Phillip Wyatt and Senior Designer, 104 Chrismari Loubser, were delighted to help make the vision happen. Like any booming business, Travelstart has long since learnt that initial impressions can’t be undervalued. As a result, they requested a reception area with, as it might be called, a ‘WOW effect’. To answer the brief, Inhouse designed a reception area dominated by a huge, circular blue light box situated behind the reception desk. Modelled after Travelstart’s logo, the light box makes an immediate impression of the brand’s identity the moment one enters the office. To the right is a coffee bar, and behind the light box is a lengthy 24-seater communal table, which was crafted out of a tree log and set on a steel frame with large castors. TravelStart