Architect and Builder Magazine South Africa Dec 2017 / Jan 2018 - Page 106

A two-metre long model aeroplane suspends from the ceiling in the triple volume space over reception. This whimsical feature element was relocated from Travelstart’s previous offices and serves as a playful nod to the company’s service offering. Up the stairs, the first floor opens onto a central kitchen and stadium seating area that can be used for company presentations, from which point the office expands in both directions. A number of glass-walled meeting rooms divide the room down the middle, while shared worktables line the walls. The communal workspace is easily accessible and roomy. 106 The second floor contains slightly more enclosed (though still glass-walled) spaces. These comprise recreation rooms, including a games area and meditation room, as well as offices and the main boardroom. The latter bears an oval frame, rather than the rectangular shape of most of the other enclosed rooms. Nonetheless, the floor maintains the air of capaciousness and accessibility that defines the rest of the office. Throughout, a number of consistently recurring themes serve to lend the offices a very particular aesthetic. The brand’s distinctive colour scheme of blue, white and grey dominates every TravelStart