Old Mutual Emerging Market HQ: Sandton Central: LYT Architects

Coming back home to Africa

Among the new office developments joining Sandton Central in the Richest Square Mile of Africa is premier financial institution Old Mutual, with their Emerging Market Head Office, 30,000sqm of a 120,000sqm multi-story mixed use office and public precinct. The building represents Old Mutuals home-coming back to Africa, re-establishing SA as the primary base for its emerging market activities.

Modern future-focused precinct in the making

‘Informed by international research to know how the best modern cities have been shaped to be responsive to peoples’ lifestyle, this future-focused towering micro-city offers a unique inclusive design, which invites the public to enjoy and interact in areas typically reserved exclusively for occupants of the buildings’ says Gray Todd, Architectural Director: LYT Architecture.

Right now, the first phase of development, shows a towering structured form sheathed in a transparent shimmering façade. As you walk down Rivonia Road, the building represents a dramatic focal point, it emerges from the organically shaped ramp, up to the podium. Designed to graciously invite the public upwards, while encouraging others to linger at a restful water feature and under trees.

Specialists working together end-to-end for success

Surrounded by a formidable team of internal and external experts the LYT team found the execution of the design concepts and management of a project of this scale to be an exceptional experience.

Says Gray, ‘When appropriate, working with a single supplier across a specific area of specialty like Architectural Ironmongery limits complexity and delays. With GEZE we benefitted from expert end-to-end support, which resulted in 100% specification of door components for almost all door types -  perfect in function and form’.      

Technology for faster and better-quality outcomes

As users of Autodesk Revit, LYT Architecture expects that technology will continue to play a strong role in the practices ongoing success for their clients.

How GEZE SA can help is through free-to-use door specification software that works the way Architects do, while expert Architectural Specifiers do the work for you in far shorter time

Supported by end-to-end consultation, GEZE EZE BIM Autodesk Revit add-in and play enables client teams to:

  • Communicate in near real-time online to improve decision-making,
  • Enjoy and an earlier view of the expected outcome: specified doors show as green, unspecified doors shown as red
  • Receive fast image-rich specification for 100% of all door components.

Updates are automatic, and this results in a faster better-quality outcome.
Architects may merge their GEZE Ironmongery Schedule with the master model to optimise team effectiveness – by using the central model as the single-source of truth in the way of BIM.

Go to: www.gezebim.co.za