144 Oxford Road
The 35 000 m2 premium-grade 144 Oxford Road office development in Rosebank, Johannesburg for Growthpoint Properties is the Paragon Group’s largest project at present.
Developed by Growthpoint Properties to capitalise on the demand for P-grade office space in the central Rosebank precinct, which currently exceeds even that of nearby Sandton and Melrose, the premium project has been developed and refined over an eight-year period, with the Tiber WBHO Joint Venture having been on-site as main contractor since November 2017. The project is aiming for a 5-Star Green Star Design Certification from the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA).
Located on the arterial Oxford Road the 9-storey development features two elongated office towers interlinked by a central atrium along the north-south axis. Spanning over the entire nine floors, the atrium offers a visual link to the outside while allowing light deeper into the floor plate and encouraging user activity.
The west facades are shaped towards a curved glass pinnacle which cantilevers outwards towards the road. The main façade consists of double glazed unitised façades, incorporating a dark grey glass. The outermost facade of the northern building features a secondary offset glazed ‘skin’ with raking sides, a nod to the fast-paced vehicular movement on Oxford Road.
The building mass is eroded along ground level on both the eastern and western edges, which, together with landscaped pockets and water features, offer users sheltered spill-out spaces under and around the building. Sitting proud of the surrounding canopy line, the building offers spectacular views across the city from the ground floor podium upwards.
The landscaping on Ground Floor slopes gently towards both Oxford Road and Tottenham Avenue, softening the interface between passers-by and the building.
The iconic development acts as a gateway to the Rosebank precinct while taking cognisance of the leafy residential suburbs that surrounds it.