Architect and Builder Magazine South Africa Feb/Mar 2018 - Page 69

In clearing the site a trigonometrical beacon of historical significance was found. After investi- gation, it was discovered that this beacon was originally the marker at the intersection that divided thee historical farms: Braamfontein, Klipfontein and Syferfontein. What would have originally been a cairn of stones with an ox wagon spoke mounted through the center, located in the middle of what is now Oxford Road, had been moved and replaced with a concrete bollard due to the construction of Oxford road. The developer, Barrow Properties, endeavoured to reinstate and celebrate this small piece of Johannesburg’s history on the doorstep of this development. The Building Oxford and Glenhove is a 22,000m 2 office development. There are two buildings, one consisting of 6 stories of office space and the Oxford & Glenhove second 5 stories. A classic courtyard typology often used by the developer consists of two racetrack type circulatory plans edging generous, external light flooded and permeable human scale environments. These engaging areas ground the building from within. Each sectional title space is planned off of the circulatory space with its own front door and all amenities needed to function alone. They do however all benefit from the building’s spaces and amenities as a collective - such as the ground floor coffee shop. The obstacle of the Gautrain servitude on the site meant that the planning could not encroach on the servitude at ground level but could indeed do so at higher levels. In order to maximise the bulk, the design cantilevers the floorplates at growing increments over the servitude, forming one of the dominant features of the architecture. 69