Sygnia, a financial services company, wanted to relocate their offices. The plan was to occupy the top two floors of the Foundry in Green Point, Cape Town. For that, they went to Cape Town-based design studio Antoni Associates for help. The team managed to respond to the company’s requests and the offices were successfully relocated. The project was completed in 2010 and the Sygnia offices now have a contemporary and very stylish look.
Mark Rielly and Michele Rhoda of Antoni Associates had few requests for the designers. The main goal was to create an open plan office environment and the key for that was to get inspiration from the industrial New York loft-style gallery spaces. Also, given the fact that the client was passionate about art and had an impressive collective of international and local artworks, the team also needed to find a way to incorporate those into the new office design.
In order to create that gallery feel, the design team for a stark white interior. All the walls, ceilings and exposed steelwork were painted white. This would also serve as a great background for displaying the artwork collection. The floors were treated with a light grey epoxy high gloss finish and this gave the office a stylish and luxurious feel. The meeting rooms were replaced by meeting boxes, a more contemporary alternative. These spaces are raised off the floor. Besides all the beautiful artwork displayed on the walls of the office, an installation of over 700 pieces of hand-blown colored glass was created. It sits suspended from the roof ceiling and creates a very interesting focal point.