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Along a short passageway are two smaller bedrooms which are There’s a shared bathroom for the two smaller rooms which has
ideal for visiting guests or family, or as children’s rooms. The smaller both a shower and a bath tub. The units have been designed
rooms also have built in cupboards for storing clothes or toys. Both to provide everything needed as a starter home for a young,
rooms have large windows for light and air – one overlooking the side professional family or as a convenient ‘lock up and go’ home for
garden and the other overlooking the front. people on the move.

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The excellent 24 hour security and the
communal recreational facilities make Sitari a
very attractive, hassle-free option.
Troika Design Workshop is a collaborative
design and construction consultancy offering
architectural services, structural engineering,
project management, quantity surveying,
interior design and related services. They
have vast experience in projects for both
private homes and upmarket residential
clusters as well commercial and retail
developments, projects in the hospitality
industry and interior design.

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Longden Steel is
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- Structural steel; TECHNICAL ACUMEN &
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- Designing and fabrication of steel, individual
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0242 611311/ +2638644142611
longdensteel.com

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residential profile

To quote Troika Design Workshop,

“At TDW, good design is our primary
instrument for making our world
a better place. We believe good
design results in beautiful and high
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For Rentals and Letting:
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Contact Troika Design Workshop:
Address: 9 Maiden Drive, Harare
Phone: 08677 008490

Troika Design Workshop (TDW) is a Construction
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Management, Architecture, Quantity Surveying &
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For Rentals and Letting: Esnath 0773403910

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residential profile

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commercial profile

58 STRUCTURE & DESIGN

A NEW WAY OF LOOKING AT

OFFICE DESIGN text by Michael Nott and Office Design Co.
Design, Interiors and Project Management by Office Design Co.
photos by Chris Scott from Scottyphotography

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commercial profile

OLD MUTUAL ZIMBABWE has probably the most prestigious WeWork model of more flexible office and workspace solutions.
property investment portfolio in the country. Structure and WeWork is an American commercial real estate company that
Design has featured two of their most prominent properties provides shared workspaces for technology start-ups and services
in previous issues - the Eastgate Mall and the new Eastgate Market. for other enterprises. Founded in 2010, it is headquartered in
There are other major buildings in the CBD which form part of their New York City and now has 800 locations worldwide. WeWork
core real estate fund which include Old Mutual Centre, Batanai offers workspace to businesses where and when they need it,
Gardens, CABS Centre, Stanley House and Three Anchor House. whether the goal is to be closer to home, empower teams in
They have presence outside of the CBD through Westgate Shopping different cities, or have a go-to private space where workers can
Mall, Tendeseka Office Park, Borrowdale Office Park, Highglen get away from their home offices and actually focus. Many smaller
Shopping Centre and Mutual Gardens – their corporate headquarters. entrepreneurs don’t need full-time, dedicated office space but
Additionally, Old Mutual has extensive investments in retail, industrial just the convenience of a desk, internet access, related services
and residential properties across the country.
like printing facilities, and a comfortable space to consult with
Old Mutual has always been forward-looking, innovative and quick co-workers or meet with clients. The WeWork model offers
to adapt to current market trends as shown by their development of shared offices, meeting rooms and office services in a relaxed and
the Eastgate Market, the first of its kind in Zimbabwe. They are deeply comfortable environment.
committed to creating new models of property development and
property management, through adapting to changing lifestyles and re-
thinking how our cities and towns work.

The centre of Harare has generally become a much less desirable
space for both commercial and retail enterprises. With the movement
of businesses out of the CBD, there remain vacant office space and Old
Mutual has taken a bold step to help improve the situation and breathe
much needed life into the City. Their new Innovation Hub – called
Eight2Five – situated within Three Anchor House, is a prime example of
their ability to adapt to current trends. It’s in line with their philosophy of
changing their business pattern to suit current needs while at the same
time helping to renew and regenerate our urban environment.

In recognition of the urban flight, Old Mutual started rethinking their
property management philosophy. They looked at the highly successful

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According to WeWork’s philosophy, “The future has a greater variety of work locations, even
within one company. Some people will head into a central office, others will take a 5-minute
commute by foot, bicycle or car, to a neighbourhood co-working space. Others will work from
home most days, but not all. Teams will, eventually, gather in person, but not every day. Once-
a-week meetings and work-togethers will make sense. Having a dedicated space for that
once-a-week meeting wastes money, so a co-working supplier will provide great value.”
Old Mutual approached Office Design Co. to work on a radical new design for two floors
of their Three Anchor House property in Jason Moyo Avenue in the City centre. The Office

+ Check all dimensions on site * Figured dimensions to be taken in preference of scaling off plan. * This drawing belongs to Office Design Co. that's why our name is on it. * Not to be used, changed, copied or shared unless permission is given in writing, by us

Design Co. team is comprised of Olly French who provides the design and conceptual side of+

OFFICE 5F
27 m²

AUDITORIUM / MIXED PRIVATE HOT DESK OFFICE 5E
15 m²
USE 5A 5B
68 m² 29 m²

PRINTING/HELP NORTH EAST HOT
DESK/ADMIN 5C
DESK 5D
39 m² 31 m²

WALKWAY OFFICE 5G Office Design Co. and Steve Bailey who
101 m² 17 m² focuses on the project management and
implementation of their projects.
DISABLED KITCHEN DUCT KITCHEN OFFICE 5H Three Anchor House was designed by
STAIR 1 2 LIFT 1 1 25 m² local practice Fleet Utria Architecture
and built between 1993 and 1995.
LIFTS LIFTS ELEC OFFICE 5J Three Anchor House was one of the last
20 m² 2&3 STAIR 2 25 m² high rise buildings to be constructed
in the City centre. Old Mutual’s brief
CAFE to Office Design Co. merely stated
99 m² their requirements – offices, meeting
rooms, a coffee shop, pause/rest areas
FEMALE SAFE MALE and so on, but gave Office Design Co.
FHR free-range regarding the interior design
RISER and layout. Old Mutual has partnered
with Office Design Co. on a number of
FHR previous projects including the design
and implementation of their refurbished
SOUTH WEST HOT SOUTH EAST HOT OFFICE 5K reception and Service Centres (both
22 m² CABS and GreenZone) at 100 The Chase
DESK 5Q DESK 5M in Emerald Hill. In addition Office Design
42 m² 51 m² MEETING RM 5L Co. has created the interior design and
25 m² brand identity for CABS branches and
MEETING RM 5P MEETING RM 5N GreenZone (Old Mutual’s retail offering)
in locations around Zimbabwe.
13 m² 13 m²
Office Design Co. was given a tight deadline
PRIVATE HOT DESK to work on the concepts and design details
in mid-2019 and construction work started
5R in August. The first phase, the fourth floor,
17 m² was completed in July this year - with
challenges and delays caused by a difficult
4TH FLOOR PLAN economic environment and thereafter
complications brought about by the Covid
+ Check all dimensions on site * Figured dimensions to be taken in preference of scaling off plan. * This drawing belongs to Office Design Co. that's why our name is on it. * Not to be used, changed, copied or shared unless permission is given in writing, by us 19 outbreak. Work on the fifth floor is yet
+ to start, although ready to roll and is likely
to be completed next year.
PROJECT:- 5 DESCRIPTION: - DATE: SCALE:
3 Anchor House - Refurbishment project 5TH FLOOR - GENERAL ARRANGEMENT LAYOUT 09/18/12 1 : 100 Office Design Co.’s solution is unique,
very contemporary, packed with colour
eight2five and pattern, but above all it’s practical
and comfortable. Materials were selected
PRIVATE HOT DESK NORTH WEST HOT OFFICE 6E GAMES RM on the basis of budget and with a very
6A 15 m² 27 m² specific look and feel in mind. Starting
33 m² DESK 6B from the lift lobby some of the design
31 m² OFFICE 6C PRINTING/HELP OFFICE 6D
LOUNGE 6T 19 m² 30 m²
20 m² DESK/ADMIN
24 m²

OFFICE 6F
17 m²

MEETING SUITE 6S DISABLED KITCHEN DUCT KITCHEN OFFICE 6G
9 m² STAIR 1 2 LIFT 1 1 25 m²

LIFTS ELEC OFFICE 6H
2&3 STAIR 2 25 m²

SUITE 6R COFFEE SAFE MALE OFFICE 6J
19 m² 53 m² FHR 23 m²

FEMALE BOARDROOM
38 m²
RISER

FHR

LOUNGE 6Q SOUTH EAST HOT
8 m²
DESK 6K
OLD MUTUAL SUITE 34 m²
6P
148 m² OLD MUTUAL ADMIN

6N
30 m²

MEETING RM 6M MEETING RM 6L

13 m² 13 m²

5TH FLOOR PLAN

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PROJECT:- 6 DESCRIPTION: - DATE: SCALE:
3 Anchor House - Refurbishment project 6TH FLOOR - GENERAL ARRANGEMENT LAYOUT 09/18/12 1 : 100

eight2five

commercial profile

themes are immediately apparent.
The floor in the lobby has a fun
mosaic design by Burnt Earth, with
the words “Be the best version of
you” set out in black, white and
yellow tiles. There is a neon sign
above that reads “ndinoda basa” –
which translates as ‘I love work’.

Inspirational mottoes recur chimneys coming out the top The third scenario is designed for a Small Business option where
throughout the workspace for air-conditioning. Behind the tenants can rent a fixed office, which will be lockable and separated
intended to be both fun and Skype cubicles there are two - where they brand their own door and have added security and
motivational. Other sayings private meeting rooms which
include “It always seems can accommodate six people
impossible until it’s done” each. Office Design Co. has
(attributed to Nelson Mandela), incorporated a bit of fun with
“If it doesn’t challenge you it the lighting strapping together
won’t change you”, “You must white, translucent “chigubus”
be the change you wish to see in to create unique fittings with an
the world” and “You are freaking industrial aesthetic, mimicking
awesome”. The slogans were glowing clouds overhead. Other
provided by the client, through playful elements include plug
one of their partners. points for users with valves to
switch on the power at their
There’s also the multi-coloured individual desks and port holes
Eight2Five logo in the lobby which as viewing panels in doors.
was designed at Old Mutual’s
head office in Cape Town. Part of The solutions used in meeting a
the lobby walls have been clad variety of working scenarios in
with vibrant yellow and white the space was to accommodate
panels while parts are clad in three specific types of SME
OSB (Oriented Strand Board) business scenarios. The first
which has been left in its raw, being a ‘Hot Desk’ for a single
industrial state, with a giant consultant-type user. These
yellow numeral “4” indicating users will rent space on a large
the floor. Bulkheads contain table and will be allocated
track spotlights, so the lobby is a locker nearby where they
bright and cheerful. Royal blue can lock up their laptops and
doors lead off on either side to personal effects if they need
restrooms, kitchenettes and to leave the office, or when
service areas. they’ve finished work for the
day.
To the north of the lobby is the
main reception desk which is Secondly, there’s the Private
backed by a brise soleil wall, Hot-Desk scenario where a
partly painted in bright yellow fixed desk location is preferred,
and partly left untreated. On one not an office, but still in an
side of the reception desk is a open area, screened off with
bright yellow partition of laser cut expanded mesh panels or
steel. Behind the reception desk sound absorbent screens.
is the shared printing space. To
the right of the reception there’s a
series of booths which have been
partly soundproofed by padding
covered in Java print where
clients can make phone calls
without making too much noise to
disturb other occupants. Across
the lobby there are three cubicles
with bright green doors which
are totally soundproofed where
tenants can make Skype or video
calls in private. The cubicles
have little industrial looking

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CONTACT US Phone:
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Bay 1 & 2 +263 772 75 57 86
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Msasa, Email:-
Harare,
Zimbabwe [email protected]
[email protected]
www.artisan.co.zw

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privacy, with lock-up and go options; each
slightly different in size, décor and layout.
All of the user scenarios have the option
to book meeting spaces of various
sizes equipped with conferencing and
presentation facilities.

The office floors of Three Anchor House are
basically rectangular spaces with triangular
sections that protrude from each of the
building’s four corners, seemingly out over
the road. These corners give a great view
over Harare’s CBD and surrounds showing
off the urban context of the building’s
location. This urban vibe is referenced in all
sorts of design elements within the interior
of the spaces. There are galvanised flexible
conduits, ‘fences’ rather than partitions,
exposed pipe work in the painted concrete
deck ceilings and blackboard walls instead
of the usual white boards common in most
offices. More unusual and bespoke fixtures
and built-in fittings - like the Skype rooms
and phone booths - includes two small,
private meeting booths where two people
can sit face to face for more intimate
chats. Many of the light fittings are the old
fashioned wire framed ‘bulkhead’ lights
often used in factories and on ships. The
design further referenced an urban feel by
including archways on some partition walls
with brick wallpaper surrounds that give a
New York industrial loft effect. In all cases,
where aluminium and glass partitions are
used, they are full height, large panes of
glass maximising the light and open nature
of the working environment.

The east side of the floor space is probably
the most unusual for an office space. There’s
a coffee shop for tenants to grab a quick cup
or a snack, as well as bistro-style seating for
tenants to relax or chat with clients. There
is a series of banquettes for more informal
seating as well as some comfy wing back
chairs upholstered in vibrant Java print. The
wing back chairs and other soft furnishings
were manufactured to specification by
Ivory Palm Interiors while most of the other
seating was sourced from Only Italian. Ivory
Palm Interiors also made the ottomans for
the flexible auditorium on the north side of
the coffee shop. The cube shaped ottomans
can be easily packed away into specially
made shelving or arranged in any convenient
configuration for presentations, group
gatherings or for entertainment events. This
space easily opens out to the adjacent café
space with a full height, 7 metre long sliding
folding door.

This sounds like a lot to fit onto one floor of
office space with a substantial area being
dedicated to the lobby, restrooms and

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commercial profile

two kitchenettes as well as service areas. some partitions, bulkheads and structural boxes) to create a more informal look. The
However, through the careful use of open elements. It’s a slightly rough and ready plants serve as screens and also help keep
plan and flexible layouts as well as glass and material but helps to add texture and the air inside fresher and cleaner.
screens rather than office partitions, it never warmth to the industrial aesthetic. Java
feels cramped or overcrowded. print has also been extensively used for its But the design is not just about looking
vibrant pattern, replacing regular, boring good – there are also many more technical
The Office Design Co. team used various office-type fabrics. Another key element to elements involved. Most of the plumbing
floor finishes to differentiate areas with refreshing the feel of the office environment and electrics had to be re-configured and
diverse functions – high-traffic areas have is the extensive use of plants (in OSB planter the sprinkler system re-set.
Cemcrete floors by Artisan, meeting rooms
have wood finish vinyl floors while private or
functional areas are carpeted to limit echo
and noise. A variety of ceiling treatments
also demarcate spaces. The existing
suspended ceilings were stripped out and
the concrete slab painted in a series of
different dark tones with ducting, conduits
and other services exposed, allowing the
spaces to breathe and extending the feeling
of height. Plasterboard bulkheads have been
used in combination with different materials,
such as upholstered panels, slatted sections
and solid timber, all suspended on cables
or threaded bar to give the spaces diversity,
offer some noise buffering, partially conceal
elements like air-conditioning and to
support light fixtures.

Although the design is a riot of colour
and pattern, the consistent use of some
materials helps to tie it all together. OSB
board has been used throughout for

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There’s a new state of the art HVAC system for clean, fresh and
safe air and for the comfort of individual areas that are temperature
controlled. Of course, internet access is vital for an office set up
of this type so the network installation (mostly Wi-Fi) had to be
faultless. There’s a small server room which contains the network
hubs as well as UPSs and inverters in case of power failure. It’s
open to view through large glass panels - blinking lights in large
racks add a technological feel and once again put all of the inner
workings on display.

The next phase of the project will see the completion of the fifth
floor which will have a similar configuration but will include meeting
and presentation suites as well as more recreational spaces and
games rooms where tenants will be able to relax and chill.

If you would like to rent space in this exciting development contact
Patrick Maseko at Eight2Five:
e-mail: [email protected]

Compulink offer a diverse range of information technology
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WITH ARTISAN, We offer Specialist Unique Services for the Professional
YOU CAN BE SURE Contractor, Architect & Interior Designer; Corporate Clients;

OF QUALITY and the Hospitality Industry.

Cemcrete flooring products include; Floor preparation
products, floor finishes, sealers and floor maintenance.
Services include, on-site measure ups; off-plan quantification
as well as colour consultation to find the right colour to suit
your project. This also includes technical support of the

product and after care.

CONTACT US Phone:
Address:
+263 782 91 91 91
Bay 1 & 2 +263 772 75 57 86
St. James Building +263 (242)480 807
3 Borgward Road, +263 (242)446 470

Msasa, Email:-
Harare,
Zimbabwe [email protected]
[email protected]
www.artisan.co.zw

EIGHT2FIVE

OfficeDesign Co
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Speartec Electrical
Alumen Shopfitters

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Plant Plan
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Ivory Palm Interiors
Thermacool 

McDonald Fire
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To get in touch with Office Design Co - for
all retail and commercial design and project
management:

e-mail: [email protected]
or [email protected]

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