Arup Case Study
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- Con Strydom, Associate Director, Arup
When Arup, a global firm of consulting engineers, designers, planners
project managers headquartered in London, decided to outfit their new Cape Town office in October 2011, they sought to create an environment that fosters inspiration, creativity and productivity. They needed a space that would both physically support their bottom line (their ever-growing group of employees) and reflect the company’s values internally and externally.
To achieve this, Arup needed the correct “tools,” as Arup Associate Director Con Strydom explains, “not only to create comfort, but also to critically address issues such as productivity. We needed clutter-free working space, simple and effective mechanisms, and accessibility.” As a company owned in trust on behalf of its staff, Arup is truly “all about the people,” as Strydom describes it—meaning that benefitting its members (a.k.a. its stakeholders) was especially key. With these priorities in mind, Strydom was seeking best-in-class ergonomic products.
Arup wasn’t going into this process naively—after all, if anyone knows design, it’s them. Their 60-year presence in South Africa has helped shape the built environment as we know it. With such extensive knowledge of design and strong commitment to sustainability, Arup had high standards when it came to selecting an architecture and design (A & D) firm. After careful consideration and a reliable recommendation, Arup chose to entrust the A & D experts at Source Interior Brand Architects with the design of their new office, situated in the idyllic Victoria and Alfred Waterfront.
Completely understanding Arup’s priorities and goals, Source’s Head of Workplace Hugo Houlmann set out to “design an interior that mirrors [Arup’s] core business of state-of-the-art engineering, sustainable design and forward thinking.” He knew that in order to be both practical and aligned with Arup’s philosophy in this way, the new design would require high-performance ergonomic tools with no compromise on aesthetics, sustainability or functionality.