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The Allan Gray Orbis Foundation has purchased new premises in Hof Street, Cape Town. The site is occupied by the Victorian Trafalgar House, newer office buildings and a residential building.

The buildings are to be reorganised to accommodate offices, training and conference facilities as well as accommodation.

Central to the design is the construction of a new entrance hall. This hall is to communicate a light and transparent atmosphere, access point to a bright future. Further the building is reorganised to allow for different usages to function in parallel. While the offices are ‘private’, training and conference rooms, library and canteen enjoy different levels of openness and accessibility.

Offices and passages are kept in neutral black and white to achieve long-lasting flexibility. Colour will be brought in through people and furniture. In contrast the small service rooms, such as bathrooms and tea kitchens, are little surprise boxes overflowing with colour.

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