design and build
Trend’s refurbishment of DB Schenker’s South African offices showcased our ability to transform a space with subtle elegance, appropriate to this international logistics company, as well as manage a live site in which people continued to work whilst construction took place.
The design itself focused on differentiating the various departments – all of which have their own specialisation – within a largely open plan arrangement. The challenge was to infuse visual excitement into the workspace while maintaining a refined and restrained aesthetic.
Reception, being the first point of contact, received a significant refresh. The double-volume ceiling space was dressed up with modern furniture, including an elegant curved sofa and high-back armchairs on either side of the reception desk. Acoustic panels were strategically placed to control sound, and a world map feature wall behind the reception desk was updated. The large walls in the double volume stairwell areas in reception received timber cladding for a warm and almost imperceptibly African touch.
The open-plan areas of the main office were already structured with four wings on each floor, corresponding to different freight divisions. We introduced a feature wall in each division, which was an opportunity to introduce some visual excitement: blue for ocean freight, green for land, yellow for air, and orange for other divisions like IT and finance. These touches are set against a mainly neutral backdrop of grey and white.