Following a specification by TAG Design, KBAC Flooring’s Cape Town branch supplied and installed all the new modular flooring for the refurbishment of the Zenprop offices in The Pavilion in the V&A Waterfront precinct.
The prestige The Pavilion office block in Dock Road was created following the redevelopment in 2015 of the old BMW Pavilion by the building’s owners, Zenprop Property Holdings. The landmark building on the Waterfront was for many years home to the first IMAX cinema in South Africa as well as a corporate showcase for BMW.
Bryce Henderson, of TAG Design, says the company was commissioned to organise new flooring to replace the old wall-to-wall broadloom carpeting in the Zenprop offices as part of an extensive facelift for the offices of the Western Cape branch of one of the largest property investment and development companies in South Africa. TAG’s choice was Interface, manufactured by the world’s largest modular flooring company, for which KBAC Flooring is the sole sub-Saharan African distributor.
Interface ‘Rural’ carpet tiles were specified by TAG for the Zenprop front-of-house area and Interface ‘Shadow’ carpet tiles for the back areas of the offices. “Rural” is part of the Interface Contemplation collection which, with its rugged yet subdued tweed design, is ideal for mixing and matching with a wide variety of other types of Interface flooring. “Shadow” is part of the Interface Employ Collection’s Loop range which create clean seamless flooring that can mimic broadloom or establish different zones in open workspaces.
Bryce explains: “TAG looked at various carpet brands from different companies and scrutinised each texture, feel, and colour as well as patterns to ensure that these factors matched our overall design intention for the space as well as our client’s wishes. The quest was for a softer look and feel that did not immediately look like a carpet tile.
“Interface’s ‘Rural’ range blended so well together that the carpet virtually became seamless. This was a key deciding factor as the office is centred around a round structural shaft and so having many carpet tiled lines would have visually distorted the natural geometry.
“For the back of house offices, TAG chose Interface ‘Shadow’ in a similar colour range but with a ‘hardier’ feel to cater for the high foot traffic as well as the weight of the desks and chairs the flooring had to accommodate.”
Bryce says Interface’s strong stance on green production methods and global sustainability also matched the environmental philosophy and concerns of Zenprop. “Our client is pleased with the way the two Interface tile ranges have unified its offices and made such a major contribution to the premises’ cosmetic facelift.”
He described working with KBAC Flooring as “a great experience from start to finish” and adds: “The staff members have extensive knowledge of the KBAC product range. We had several various consultations in the KBAC showrooms in Roeland Street and on site to ensure that the product matched our client’s needs. We look forward to further collaboration with KBAC and are, in fact, already in consultation with KBAC for many of our upcoming design projects.”
TAG Design is a multi-disciplinary design studio offering architecture and interior expertise with offices in Cape Town and Johannesburg. Key projects of the designers include a green star-rated hospital in Africa, various commercial and healthcare facilities in Gauteng, and a number of high end residential new-builds and renovations in Cape Town.
Photography by Andrea van der Spuy.