Architect and Builder Magazine South Africa Dec 2017 / Jan 2018 - Page 61

thereby creating an energy efficient interior. Strategic internal lighting transforms the new building at dusk. The Living roof “Green Roof”, with its beautiful views of the harbour, acts as a social space for the office, while increasing biodiversity and helping to reduce the urban heat island effect created by traditional roof construction. Conclusion The building seeks to find a balance between the requirements of a contemporary office building and the historic industrial building typologies of the V & A Waterfront. The aim and intention was to develop the building’s conceptual underpinnings and façade resolution to reflect the inherent integrity of these buildings which were mostly efficient, direct and honest in the manner in which they responded to their often pragmatic briefs. The building is sustainable and well beyond the requirements of “best practice”. A Green Star “as built” rating is currently being sought and it is the first office building in Cape Town to achieve a 6 Star “design” rating. The client’s commitment to the environment ensured that sustainability sat at the heart of the design process. Western Cape. It is also targeting an As Built rating which will be announced before the end of the year. This rating is particularly significant given the scale of the project. Sustainability “Sustainable development and green operations are fundamental to the V & A Waterfront’s overall development strategy,” says David Green, CEO of DEVELOPER’S COMMENT The development of the new No.1 Silo office building at the V & A Waterfront began with the intention of setting the new benchmark in South Africa for contemporary office design. With its striking design and the award of a 6 star Green Star SA rating for design by the Green Building Council of South Africa, the V & A Waterfront believes that it has achieved this. The No 1 Silo office development was South Africa’s second 6 Star green office building and the first in the No 1 Silo 61