design and build
Private Finance Client
Trend was entrusted with the design and fit-out of a state-of-the-art office for a contact centre on behalf of a US banking company. Our goal was to craft a space that not only served its functional purpose but provided a comfortable and attractive workspace and learning environment for over 200 agents. It was also important for the design to reflect the values of transparency, openness, and inclusivity.
Designing for comfort and functionality
Our design encompassed a reception area, three training rooms, two meeting rooms, a spacious canteen accommodating 60-70 people, and even a staff games room. The front-of-house areas are dominated by a high-end corporate aesthetic, in line with the serious nature of the client’s business. In contrast, the staff areas and back-of-house are designed to offer comfortable, inspiring and enjoyable spaces for the staff.
Unifying themes and aesthetics
We made use of several recurring motifs and materials to draw the design together aesthetically and thematically. Drawing inspiration from the client’s distinctive logo, a curve motif(detail) is used in a number of the design elements throughout the space including floor and ceiling treatments, curved glass wall elements and furniture.
Glass elements are another recurring theme, reinforcing the concept of transparency. The building itself has a large area of glass façade, offering panoramic views of Sandton’s urban landscape. Our design juxtaposed the urban ‘concrete jungle’ feel of this environment with softer, natural elements such as timber finishes. On the call centre floor itself, we used frameless glass in the corners of the coaching pods to create an open, free-flowing feel.