78 Corlett Drive is a zero-carbon office development in Johannesburg

Daffonchio and Associates Architects’ building keeps context and occupant wellbeing at the core of its design, which includes minimalist geometries and louver façade.

by Meghna Mehta Published on : Jul 16, 2020

The 78 Corlett Drive, designed by Daffonchio and Associates Architects in Illovo, Johannesburg in South Africa is a commercial development that incorporates strong minimalist geometries. The design includes shading louvers acting as a dynamic facade element along with having achieved a 6-star rating and a net zero carbon accreditation for its environment-friendly components.

The triple column day-lit central atrium in the building | 78 Corlett Drive | Daffonchio and Associates Architects | STIRworld
The triple column day-lit central atrium in the building Image Credit: Adam Letch

The development has been designed to set a new standard for vibrant and trendy co-working office spaces by providing a green building with modern amenities. Minimalist geometries have been integrated through the use of dark tones that create a strong street presence, elevating the building above the parking space below. The floating effect of the building is further enhanced by the articulation of its relationship to the ground plane due to a stilted space; only gently interfacing with the ground through a small glass box, which houses the main circulation core and a concierge service.

  • The louvered façade that creates a green environment | 78 Corlett Drive | Daffonchio and Associates Architects | STIRworld
    The louvered façade that creates a green environment Image Credit: Adam Letch
  • Commercial spaces on the upper floor | 78 Corlett Drive | Daffonchio and Associates Architects | STIRworld
    Commercial spaces on the upper floor Image Credit: Adam Letch

The upper ground floor of the building houses a mixture of lively open shared workspaces and cellular offices, interspersed with social and formal meeting spaces, all revolving around a central coffee bar located in the triple volume day-lit atrium or courtyard. The first floor has additional co-working office areas and larger formal offices to cater to a diverse variety of professions.

The co-working spaces in the commercial building | 78 Corlett Drive | Daffonchio and Associates Architects | STIRworld
The co-working spaces in the commercial building Image Credit: Adam Letch

With innovative additions such as an electric car charging station, full cyclist facilities, passive solar shading design and a full photovoltaic array, the design not only redefines the way people live and work, but also prioritises sustainability and respect for the natural environment, whilst ensuring low running costs for the developer.

78 Corlett Drive is the first building in Africa to receive a 6-star rating for its green design | 78 Corlett Drive | Daffonchio and Associates Architects | STIRworld
78 Corlett Drive is the first building in Africa to receive a 6-star rating for its green design Image Credit: Adam Letch

The 78 Corlett Drive project by Daffonchio and Associates Architects is the first office development in Africa to be awarded a v1.1, 6-star rating that was achieved through an efficient design and meticulous process of implementing solutions for a greener environment.

Project Details

Name: 78 Corlett Drive
Location: Johannesburg, South Africa
Architects: Daffonchio and Associates Architects
Developer: Legaro Properties
Area: 785 sqm
Completion date: 2019
Project Architect: Robert Dos Santos
Clients: Legaro Properties
Structural Engineer: Kantey & Templer Consulting Engineers
Mechanical Engineers: Graeme Page Consulting Engineers
Electrical Engineers: RWP Taemane Consulting Engineers
Quantity Surveyor: Legaro Properties
Sustainability Consultant: Solid Green
Town Planners: Raven Town Planning
Interior Consultants: Imbewu Design

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Meghna Mehta

Meghna Mehta

An architect by education and a journalist by passion, Mehta pursued a crossroad between her two interests. Having completed an M.Arch from CEPT University in Ahmedabad, she has worked in the field of architectural journalism for over 5 years. Besides content generation for STIR, she continues to teach in architectural schools in Mumbai.

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