When a part of the historic Munitoria building was destroyed by fire in March 1997, the result was that the building’s staff were scattered in other buildings in the inner city.
The remaining building was deemed to be inadequate for the future needs of the municipality and so the decision was made to demolish it to make way for a new state of the art municipal headquarters to provide greater ease of access to services for Tshwane citizens and instil a culture of increased organizational efficiency.
In April 2015, the City of Tshwane signed a public-private partnership contract for the construction of its new headquarters with the Tsela Tshweu consortium of which Head Interiors formed part.
Head interiors was responsible for the space planning, design and specifications of interior architecture, furniture and fittings in the four main executive offices, caucus areas and meetings rooms, and the council chamber.
320 Mabida Street, Pretoria
Total building area of 39 412m² with total lettable area 30 621m².
The Green Star 5 building includes Grade A office accommodation for 1586 staff, 1300 parking bays over two levels and provides cohesive working conditions conducive for interaction with the public as well as optimal space for the executive and staff. The stand-alone Council Chamber is comprised of 250 seats, associated meeting rooms and communication booths.
Recognising the building centrality to the life of the city – synonymous with its identity while providing the engine room for its future growth as well as welcoming to its citizens, at the heart of our design was an acknowledgement of the history of the capital and its people.
Designs needed to be practical and cost-effective while providing a comfortable and conducive environment for its occupants as they serve the people of Tshwane.
In addition, the interior architecture needed to be informed by an overall environmental strategy as one of the first government buildings to be committed to achieving 5-Star Green Star SA certification.
Thus, punctuations of colour add vibrancy against a backdrop of neutral palettes and textures, as illustrated in the state of the art council chambers, centrally located in the middle of the H-shaped building with features including media and public galleries, as well as translator booths.
Meanwhile, energy efficiency concerns were addressed with a range of state of the art features including motion sensors enabling lights to be automatically switched off when no movement is detected inside offices.