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Paragon Interface completes multi-company fit-out at 1 Park Lane

By Paragon Media

If designing the interior fit-out for an iconic building is not enough of a demanding challenge, imagine the complexities that arise when such a building contains a number of different clients, each with their own requirements, branding and aesthetics.

This was the challenge that faced interior architecture company Paragon Interface, part of the Paragon Group, at 1 Park Lane in Sandton. “Essentially what you end up with then is a number of smaller, self-contained projects contained within the whole,” comments Paragon Interface Associate Kirsty Schoombie.

Located within the new Katherine Street mixed-use precinct, 1 Park Lane is a P-grade development within walking distance of Sandton City and the Sandton Gautrain Station. It has seven levels of parking and a ground floor, with Bidvest Financial Services occupying the building from reception to L4.

There is an impressive double-volume space on L5 that forms the shared reception area for both Peregrine and Citadel. This is an elegant, high-end space containing various-sized meeting rooms. The signage and artwork in this space was designed in collaboration with Citadel marketing agency Bain & Bunkell.

It came up with the unique concept of naming each meeting room after a prominent Johannesburg street or location, including specific photographs and locally-commissioned artwork to differentiate and individualise each space.

The southern wing contains a client entertainment area, in addition to an auditorium that is glazed on two sides to allow for breathtaking views over Johannesburg. The auditorium posed a particular technical challenge in terms of its acoustics and unique positioning.

Peregrine and Citadel occupy L6 to L10, consisting of Peregrine Capital, Citadel Wealth Management, A2X and Peresec. The latter is a newly-listed company on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange that takes up L9 and part of L10, which is a hi-tech trading space that includes a bar and entertainment area, with panoramic views over northern Sandton.

“A main feature of our design approach was to give each and every one of our clients a distinctive look and feel, especially as each one has their own corporate identity,” notes Schoombie. This was achieved by means of specific furnishings, colour palettes, fabrics and fixtures, while also accommodating the specific technical requirements of such financial services companies.

While the entire 1 Park Lane project was handed over in September last year, Schoombie has maintained close contact with her clients to gauge how the different companies have adapted to their new office environments.

“One of the biggest changes has been from a traditional closed-off office plan to a more open-plan set-up. We spent a lot of time with these clients to ensure that a level of privacy was maintained while still taking optimal advantage of the natural light and creating a more open collaborative space,” Schoombie concludes.

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Paragon Group Masterclass with Anthony Orelowitz.

Paragon Group Masterclass with Anthony Orelowitz a great success

By Paragon Media

 "How financial knowledge can liberate your design."

Why do so many architects never build what they dream of? This is the question that Paragon Group Director Anthony Orelowitz addressed in an online masterclass on 29 October.

Jobs: Interior Architectural Technologist (Contract position)

By Paragon Media

Paragon Interface is looking for an Interior Architectural Technologist for a 6-month Contract position, not just anyone can fulfil this position, if you can answer the following 5 questions with a yes, then you just might be what we are looking for:

Are you a person or a company that absolutely adores technical drawing work?

  • Is speed and accuracy your middle name?
  • Do you love a good detail?
  • Is Revit your First language?
  • Do Interiors rock your boat?

Then this 6-month contract is for you!

If so, please send your CV and Portfolio to Cindy Faux - cindyf@paragon.co.za

Subject line to be:  I am the new Paragon Interface Contract Team Member

Closing date for applications is the 6th November 2020

Jobs: Candidate Interior Designer/ Interior Architect (1-2 years experience)

By Paragon Media

A Candidate Interior Designer/Interior Architect that works for Paragon Interface must have:

  •  Creativity and Imagination
  •  An eye for design, including colour and good 3D awareness
  •  The ability to visualise concepts
  •  Good technical Skills on various platforms
  •  An interest in changing trends in design
  •  Be fearless

The “Brief” Role description:

  • To be able to work to a brief, and understand what a space will be used for
  • Researching and choosing the most appropriate materials for the design
  • Producing dynamic and creative designs to fulfil the client’s requirements
  • Development of detailed designs and technical drawings using Revit software
  • Be a team communicator and player

Does this speak to your designer soul?

If so, please send your CV and Portfolio to Cindy Faux - cindyf@paragon.co.za

Subject line to be: I am the new Paragon Interface Candidate Interior Designer/Interior Architect

Closing date for applications is the 6th November 2020

Jobs: Interior Designer/ Interior Architect (3-5 years experience)

By Paragon Media

An Interior Designer/ Interior Architect that works for Paragon Interface must have:

  • Creativity and Imagination
  • An eye for design, including colour and good 3D awareness
  • The ability to visualise concepts
  • Good technical Skills on various platforms
  • An interest in changing trends in design
  • To be able to self-motivate and motivate others
  • Be fearless

The “Brief” Role description:

  • To be able to work to a brief, and understand what a space will be used for
  • Researching and choosing the most appropriate materials for the design
  • Producing dynamic and creative designs to fulfil the client’s requirements
  • Development of detailed designs and technical drawings using Revit software
  • Run parts of a Project, with guidance
  • Be a team communicator and player

Does this speak to your designer soul?

If so, please send your CV and Portfolio to Cindy Faux - cindyf@paragon.co.za

Subject line to be - I am the new Paragon Interface Interior Designer/Interior Architect

Closing date for applications is the 6th November 2020

How financial knowledge can liberate your design

By Paragon Media

Learn why so many architects never build what they dream of in second Paragon Group masterclass

Why do so many architects never build what they dream of? This is the question that Paragon Group Director Anthony Orelowitz will address in an online masterclass on 29 October. Entitled ‘How financial knowledge can liberate your design’, it is the second masterclass presented by the Paragon Group. Accredited by the Gauteng Institute for Architecture (GIfA), registered viewers will earn CAT 1 0.25 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points.

Architects play a vital role in not only acquiring new work, but in ensuring that projects get built successfully. Orelowitz highlights a host of factors that architects need to be aware of in this process and protecting their practices against risk:

  •  Understanding the market segmentation: Working in sectors where your risk work can be realised
  •  Managing client risk: Stratifying clients against their ability to deliver
  •  Controlling project risk: Taking on work the market can carry
  •  Project risk and alignment with financial institutions: Working with projects the banks will fund
  •  Managing QS risk: Controlling the QS and managing the BOQ is key to liberating your design
  •  Managing engineering risk: ‘Engineering the engineer’ is key to turning your designs into reality
  •  Software: Empower your design through Revit and Rhino, VR and AR and maximising profitability  

Controlling profitability by means of an effective use of ERP systems: How the relationship between timesheets, project planning and accounting systems gives you control over your business

The Paragon Group was established in 1997 by Orelowitz and Henning Rasmuss and is now one of the largest in Africa. Orelowitz’s experience as a property financier at Standard Bank has afforded him valuable insight into structured project finance, the imperatives of budgetary controls and accountability towards clients and project stakeholders. His core expertise is as design director and project principal on complex and fast-track projects that rely on cost engineering and workshopped construction solutions.

With design and value engineering as his core skills, he collaborates with the Paragon Group teams to ensure cost-efficient delivery of technically-complex architectural solutions such as the Sasol headquarters in Sandton. Orelowitz is committed to driving leadership in innovation, and his projects have pioneered the use of various material systems such as unitised panels, double glazed units and paper-thin stone tiles.

To register for the ‘How financial knowledge can liberate your design’ masterclass to be presented by the Paragon Group at 10:00 on Thursday 29 October, follow the link: http://shackdemos.co.za/webinar/webinars/paragon-group-masterclass/.

Vote for Paragon’s SBID Awards entry before 30 September!

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Vote for Paragon’s SBID Awards entry before 30 September!

We are proud to announce that Paragon Group is a finalist at the 2020 SBID International Design Awards in the 'Office Design' category, for the Deloitte Waterfall project.

The Awards recognise, reward and celebrate design excellence across a broad range of categories. Projects are evaluated by leading industry experts for their technical content and aesthetic creativity, while the design-conscious public also has a say in choosing the most inspiring projects.

We NEED your VOTE before 30 September!

It will only take a few minutes to vote for this amazing project produced by amazing people for an amazing Client!

All you need to do is click on this link and follow the prompts: https://www.internationaldesignexcellenceawards.com/finalistcategory/office-design-2020/

Paragon Group Masterclass 'Designing Towards a Healthy Built Environment’

Paragon Group Masterclass 'Designing Towards a Healthy Built Environment’

By Paragon Media

To highlight the important role that the built environment plays in occupant health, Paragon Group's Director, Estelle Meiring, recently hosted an online masterclass entitled ‘Designing Towards a Healthy Built Environment."

 

Claire D’Adorante wins SAPSA Professional of the Year Award

By Paragon Media

Paragon Interface Director Claire D’Adorante won the Professional of the Year Award in the Architecture and Design Class of the Built Environment Category at the 2019/2020 South African Professional Services Awards (SAPSA), sponsored by Sanlam and W. Consulting.

In addition, D’Adorante was one of seven finalists for the Woman Professional of the Year Award, while the Paragon Group itself was a finalist for the Firm of the Year Award in the Architectural and Design Class of the Commerce, Law and Management Category.

Professionals from a wide range of companies were set to gather at a gala dinner in Montecasino Ballroom on the evening of 19 March. However, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the SAPSA Awards were indefinitely postponed.

The organisers subsequently undertook to progressively announce the winners for the 2019/2020 edition prior to hosting a future gathering for all finalists and guests. This marks the fifth edition of the awards, following a rigorous process of determining winners based on strict criteria.

“Paragon Interface has recently enjoyed visible success in undertaking two of the biggest projects of their kind in South Africa, Discovery Place and the Sasol headquarters. Both projects have been recipients of broad accolades within the industry,” the judges noted.

They added that such accomplishments would not have occurred without D’Adorante’s leadership. “She has been instrumental in developing the interiors business of the group from 12 to 22 employees. Her leadership philosophy is collaborative; enjoying guiding people in the right direction, adding her thoughts to make their ideas work,” the citation read.

Paragon Interface also won a 2020 German Design Award in the category Excellent Architecture – Interior Architecture for its work on Discovery Place for client Discovery and developers Growthpoint Properties and Zenprop.

Not only has Discovery Place struck a chord on an international design level, it is also testament to the depth of talent and creativity in the South African interior design industry. “The general impression is that we do not have the skills to compete on this level, but this recognition speaks otherwise,” D’Adorante points out.

In October 2018, Discovery Place was declared Office Design Winner at the prestigious Society of British and International Interior Design (SBID) International Design Awards 2018, held at the Dorchester Hotel in London in the UK.

Commenting on the Paragon Group itself, the judges expressed their admiration for the company, including the industry recognition it continues to receive, notably winning an API Award for the Hilton Garden Inn in Mbabane, Swaziland and several SAPOA awards, including overall winner for Discovery Place. These are over and above awards won in 2018 from SAPSA, SAIA, SAPOA and SBID.

“In difficult times for the built environment, the firm continues to attract reputable clients like Bidvest and Barloworld. Business growth is further underpinned by the group opening up an office in Cape Town and undertaking projects beyond South African borders in Kenya,” the judges added.

With the Covid-19 pandemic having an impact on the entire construction industry, D’Adorante stresses that Paragon Interface is striving to take advantage of the different opportunities this presents. “You have to look for the silver lining, and here constant innovation and adaptation is key. Paragon Interface prides itself on its flexibility and adaptability in changing market conditions, and being able to always provide our clients with cutting-edge design solutions,” she concludes.