The proposed new R21 expressway was a key element in the design inspiration for Avioceans new warehouse and offices near Kempton Park, Johannesburg.
The expressway runs parallel against the western boundary of the site so the potential for good exposure was inevitable. The client is in the freight and forwarding business so the core of the design took its cue from a modern shipping tanker with its massive bow and prominent marine features. The initial design was a minimalist steel clad structure with a glazed entrance gallery but it was decided that a more vernacular approach was to be used with a combination of glass, local face brick and steel IBR sheeting. The result is an iconic, functional structure within a strong commercial entity.