Mortgage SA has experienced phenomenal growth since it was first established in 1999. Their existing premises in 50 on Long Street was unable to cope with the increase in personnel and this promoted Saul Geffen, M D of Mortgage SA, to look for new premises that would provide them with the correct location and facilities for the staff. 33 on Bree Street in Cape Town city centre was destined to become the new home for this rapidly expanding organisation.
Thinkspace, headed up by the M D, Trevor Shapiro, were appointed as the designers and project managers to provide an interior which would satisfy the needs of Mortgage SA with particular importance to the comfort and well being of the staff.
Mortgage SA has strived for a paperless office as their business is driven by computer technology. Trevor said that this influenced the design process for the officefurniture. Rectilinear planning or “benching” provided them with the opportunity to comfortably accommodate their staff with projected expansion for the foreseeable future. In conjunction with All Office, prototypes were manufactured for comments by the Mortgage SA project team. Of particular importance was the cabling and network infrastructure, which was accommodated, in a reticulated screening system with integrated power poles.
The desking is simplistic with clean crisp lines. White worksurfaces with light grey case goods, opaque Plexiglass side screens and the Citron colour Mirra chair provides a well-balanced feel to the interior. The Herman Miller Mirra chair was selected to provide the ultimate in comfort and ergonomic excellence. Senior management and directors were supplied with the new Herman Miller Abak Environments desking range. With strong horizontals, versatile shapes and minimal aesthetics, Abak Environments creates new opportunities for interiors. Refined detailing in the way components meet and materials blend gives Abak Environments its slender profile. The clean, crisp look and purposeful visual elegance of Abak Environments allow the architecture of a space to take precedence.
All Office has been supplying Mortgage SA country wide for the last two years and is particularly proud to be associated with their new head office.