Johannesburg / Rosebank

Traxtion a transport company that has the reputation for delivering unparalleled rail services and solutions across the African continent appointed Trend to build their head office in conjunction with HK Design and bring their natural yet industrial design to life.

Valenture has an amazing and unique online learning environment, so it was important that the boutique campus mimicked this.The idea was to create a warm, inviting and exciting space that reflected the engaging and youthful nature of the Institute.

During the design process HesseKleinloog wanted to remain respectful to the heritage of the protected Rosebank Fire Station, while bringing modern sophistication to the space as Traxtion were drawn to the rich heritage of the building and its majestic views of the Johannesburg tree tops.

The design team paid homage to the history of the building by exposing the ceiling, as well as using honest materials such as timber, marble and copper to bring warmth to the space.

As you step into the office you are greeted by a curved slatted timber wall. The curvature of this wall was inspired by the Traxtion branding – which mimics the nose of a locomotive. By using black aluminum frames with glass panes as partitioning no matter where you are in the office the client can take full advantage of the view.