Have a cool 360 view of 144 Oxford using your mouse

By Paragon Media

Follow this link and experience a cool 360 view of 144 Oxford. Use your mouse to explore. 

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Midway Industrial Park raises the benchmark for warehouse projects

By Paragon Media

Well-known for its landmark Sandton projects such as Sasol Place, the Discovery Campus, and the Alice Lane Precinct, Paragon Senior Project Architect Christiaan Liebenberg points out that Midway Industrial Park is equally iconic. Directly adjacent to the N1 highway, within the busy Samrand precinct, it is a site that not only slopes and exposes towards the highway, but also slopes towards the south, opening up very good views toward the building.

The unique design lines, feature compositions, striking colour contrasts, relief cladding surfaces, and varied surface textures make it stand out substantially in comparison to most industrial and warehouse buildings. “The idea was to purposely fragment the façade into strong design elements that not only unify the building, but also intentionally integrate services and minimise its visual mass,” Liebenberg elaborates.

The main aim was to maximise usage on the property for both warehouse space and delivery and dispatch facilities. Maximising the usable space internally and externally provides the most flexibility in terms of tenants that can be accommodated on the property, as well as facilitating well-designed front-of-house (FOH), back-of-house (BOH), administration and operations service, with increased access and functionality.

These main goals were achieved by relaxing building and servitude lines as much as legally permissible. In addition, the building height was maximised in accordance with the approved Site Development Plan, in order to accommodate tenants’ specific needs.

Due to the fall of the site, some drastic level changes had to be introduced, which could potentially limit the usage and flexibility required by the client. This was resolved by a calculated splitting of the building length into two parts, providing either two very large warehouse spaces, or two sets of two smaller spaces.

Stormwater drainage also posed a challenge, which was addressed through a combination of well-drained platforms, carefully-placed stormwater inlets, and a large stormwater attenuation pond on the south-western corner of the site. This attenuates the collected stormwater, reducing the water volume and speed at which the site’s stormwater enters the municipal and highway stormwater systems.

The masonry base of the façades intentionally incorporates functional requirements easily, but also minimise potential operational damage to the building’s sheeting. Due to the nature of the building’s use, using sheeting at lower levels will have meant a lot more maintenance and repair in the long term.

Large horizontal ventilation louvres on the south provide the required natural and smoke ventilation requirements, in conjunction with continuous slope- and ridge-mounted ventilators on top of the building. This allows for smoke ventilation, and assists greatly in cooling the warehouse spaces without the need for mechanical ventilation. Large polycarbonate sheeting regions on the south façade also provide for substantial daylight provision within the warehouse spaces.

To the north of the building, where the office components are housed, aluminium-framed windows and shopfronts have been used, with thermal-performance glazing throughout. To support the thermal performance of the glazing, horizontal shading devices have been positioned over all windows, large canopies placed over entrance shopfronts, and carefully-designed vertical shading louvres used on the large north-western glazed corner of the building.

Sanitaryware fittings such as basin taps, toilets, and showers are low-flow and low-usage fittings. Lighting in the office areas is either LED or low-wattage fittings, while the lighting in the large warehouse spaces is LED, and all mechanical equipment is energy-efficient. The building as a whole complies fully with SANS 10400 Part XA (Energy Efficiency) requirements.

Paragon assisted some of the tenants in checking their racking requirements in terms of space and structural limitations, as well as providing fit-out designs and integration with the building and its services. In addition, Paragon designed the interiors of the bathrooms and fire-escape stairs throughout the building.

Paragon Group Sweeps Awards at SAIA 2018 Conference

By Paragon Media
SAIA Awards 2018 - Pretoria

Our stunning projects continue to win some of the biggest awards in the industry, confirming our reputation as one of the most innovative architecture and interior architecture practices in South Africa.

We are proud to announce that Sasol Place scooped one out of five building Awards for Excellence, while Alice Lane 3 won an Award of Merit, at the prestigious SAIA Awards 2018 gala banquet held in Pretoria on Friday 4 May.

Well done to the Paragon teams who worked so hard on these iconic buildings!

Edwin Seda from Paragon Architects goes travelling with his camera

By Paragon Media

Edwin Seda from Paragon Architects goes travelling with his camera. See his images here

140 West Street is accredited Four Star Green Star

By Paragon Media

140 West Street, Sandton, has received a 50 point evaluation by the GBCSA, which aligns with a 4 Star Green Star accreditation.  Read more about this project.

Vacancy: Junior Architectural Visualisation Artist

By Paragon Media

Paragon is seeking a Junior Architectural Visualisation Artist. If you would like to apply, please send an email to cindyf@paragon.co.za

Job Description is below:

Job Title:  Junior Architectural Visualisation Artist (1-3 years of work experience)

Employment Type: Full-time

Company: Paragon Group

Role Description

Paragon Group is looking to fill a Junior Visualisation Artist position in our Architectural Visualisation department.


We require a self-motivated individual with a creative flair and proven knowledge to:

  • Create architectural visualisation media for project presentations and marketing
  • Do post-production of created media to enhance and colour grade
  • Contribute and assist the visualisation team in delivering visualisation media in a timely manner and to the highest standards of Paragon Group.
  • Liaise with the Visualisation Manager and Company Directors throughout a project.


  • Software

The applicant must have working knowledge and experience in:

  • Autodesk 3ds Max
  • Adobe CC Suite (Photoshop, After Effects, Illustrator, etc.)
  • Vray
  • Forest Pack


  • General
  • Relevant qualification (i.e. national diploma or degree related creative field)
  • Strong visual skills, with attention to detail, composition, light, colour and form
  • Good understanding of work-flow of taking CAD data through to high-end imagery
  • Good understanding of 3D modelling and re-modelling workflow
  • Good understanding of post-production and the post-production workflow
  • Able to work under pressure and to tight deadlines
  • Able to manage sensitive and sometimes confidential information
  • Able to demonstrate a general understanding of photographic and compositional techniques relating to the virtual environment
  • Able to demonstrate initiative and a proactive approach to daily tasks
  • Fast learner and adaptable to range of projects at concept and detail level
  • Excellent communication skills both oral and written
  • Focused
  • Self-motivated and able to take responsibility
  • Able to prioritise
  • Able to multi-task
  • Deadline driven
  • Excellent team worker
  • Enthusiastic and creative


  • Beneficial
  • Working knowledge and experience in software packages such as Lumion, Twinmotion, Unreal Editor, Substance Painter, Autodesk Revit etc.
  • Work experience in a visualisation studio or architecture practice


How to apply

An up-to-date CV and portfolio of your best work can be sent to:

Director of Human Resourcing - Cindy Faux - cindyf@paragon.co.za


Paragon clinches three major accolades at SAPSA Awards 2018

By Paragon Media

 Paragon won Architecture Firm of the Year and Best Overall Professional Services Firm of the Year, while Founding Director Henning Rasmuss was crowned Architecture Professional of the Year, at the South African Professional Services (SAPSA) Awards 2018, sponsored by Sanlam, at a gala dinner at Montecasino, Johannesburg on 1 February.

It is the third time that Sanlam has sponsored the SAPSA Awards, with the winners determined following a rigorous process based on strict criteria. There were winners in different fields drawn from four main categories, namely the built environment, commerce, law, and management. This is the second consecutive year that Paragon has walked away with the top architecture awards.

See the article here:  http://www.engineeringnews.co.za/article/paragon-clinches-three-major-ac...

Paragon Interface Tour of Discovery

By Paragon Media

A brochure to accompany the tour. 

Paragon Sponsors UJ GSA Summer Show

By Paragon Media

Paragon Architects is delighted and proud to be the headline sponsor at the University of Johannesburg's Graduate School of Architectural Annual Summer Show. The future of architecture in South Africa is undeniably important for and we are empowered to support future practitioners in the profession. Please come along on Thursday 30 November 2017 @ 18:00. 

Positions Available for Year-out Students 2018

By Paragon Media

If you would like architectural experience in a stimulating office with access to multi-skilled, fun staff; please send your CV to cindyf@paragon.co.za

Paragon Interface achieves its first Green Star Interior Accreditation

By Paragon Media

Paragon Interface's project for the Redefine Offices in Rosebank, was accredited with a Five Star Green Star Interior Fit-out rating. This is a first for the Paragon Group which was achieved with the Green Star Accredited Professional, Alison Groves from WSP. 


Paragon Architects reaches Italy

By Paragon Media

A billboard of 30 Jellicoe has been used in Italy. 

Paragon wins at the SAIA/ GIfA Awards of 2017

By Paragon Media

Alice Lane 3 won an Award of Merit for Paragon Architects, while Paragon Architects and Paragon Interface won an Award of Excellence for Sasol Place. 

Paragon Interface wins Basa Award for GE Africa Innovation Centre

By Paragon-1

Paragon Interface won a Strategic Project Award at the BASA Awards Ceremony held at Nirox on Sunday 17 September 2017 for  the GE Africa Innovation Centre . Read more....


Paragon publishes its Group Environmental Policy

By Paragon-1

The Paragon Group, at a strategic review Think Tank held in February 2017 attended by all Directors and Associates, adopted this Environmental Policy for all Group companies.  READ MORE

Job Shadowing at Paragon

By Paragon Media

Each session will commence at 09:00 until 15:00. Job Shadowers must wear either safety boots or heavy boots for site visits. Additionally dresses may not be worn. Hardhats and hazard vests will be loaned. Job Shadowers should be in our office by 09:00 on the designated day at 33 Fricker Road, Illovo, 2196, Johannesburg. 

Each session will look at the range of work we complete in both Architecture and Interior Architecture, what is involved in our office and when possible we will take students to site. We will assist with portfolios required for submission to universities. Unfortunately we cannot accommodate job shadowers out of these dates.

Job Shadowing Dates for 2018, will be the first Thursday of every month. There is no need to book. Just be at the office before 09:00 on the chosen day. 

5 July 2018

2 August 2018

6 September 2018

4 October 2018

1 November 2018

Please contact media@paragon.co.za for more information


Sasol Place formally achieves its Five Star Rating

By Paragon Media

Sasol Place has formally received its Green Star Five Star Rating. 

On Friday 7 July 2017, GBCSA CEO Dorah Modise handed over the Green Star SA plaque for the 5 Star Green Star SA Office v1 certification to Greg Sacks, CEO of Alchemy Properties.