Workshop 17

Johannesburg / Sandown

Trend was appointed for the build component for the new co working company Workshop 17 based in Sandton. Designed around the concept of the contemporary urban nomad, the co-working space offers a unique and unexpected interpretation of what a collaborative working space can offer in the Sandton precinct

Gas architects intended for the design to feel industrial and raw, whilst bringing in natural and ethnic facets to the space. The soffit was exposed and sprayed black and was complimented by hanging plants and the use of timbers to bring warmth and comfort to the office environment.

African and cultural elements were integrated through artwork with the creative outputs of local designers and furniture manufacturers who highly value their collaborative relationship with the Workshop 17.

Interior spaces of meetings rooms, offices, co-working areas and seminar rooms offer varied and flexible ways to work and interact whilst an adaptable auditorium space caters for larger events and workshops.

A juxtaposition of the ground floor café, working spaces and reception embrace street activity and civic life by externalizing its use onto the streetscape, offering an alternative to the surrounding context’s vehicular dominated nature and lack of pedestrian friendly thresholds


The primary route into the building is arranged around a newly constructed central circulation staircase that acts as a counterpoint to the areas of work and a legible central circulation core. The delicate permeable structure filters natural light into interior spaces and offers a platform for vegetation to grow onto

The auditorium was also a notable feature space whereby a customized structure was built to accommodate for the elevated seating.