Barclays Africa Digital Development Office – Cape Town

  • Client Barclays,
  • size 5,059 sqft
  • Year 2015
  • Location Cape Town, South Africa,
  • Industry Financial / Investments,
  • dhk thinkspace has designed the new offices of Barclays Africa Digital Development located in Cape Town, South Africa.

    The new Digital Development Office for Barclays Africa is situated in a historic industrial building known as Longkloof Studios, in a vibrant city neighbourhood of Cape Town.

    The new space is home to a small group of talented young software developers specialising in the design and development of high-end mobile and web-based solutions within the unique context of the developing African market. Their work culture emphasises agility, innovation, collaboration and creativity and for the first time the team have their own space designed by dhk to cultivate this approach.

    Designed to accommodate up to 60 developers, the office is very flexible and can be modified to support different project requirements. The space still retains many of the original factory’s fittings and finishes and the materials palette takes its cue from the exposed brickwork, restored original timber flooring, heavy steel doors and riveted columns of the heritage building. An eclectic mix of high-tech and industrial style furniture and fittings contrasts the raw textures and materials with the gadgetry that the team works with.

    The new Barclays Africa Digital Development Office is as unique and creative as the people who work there and represents the bank’s strong commitment to innovation in the financial services sector.

    Design: dhk thinkspace
    Photography: Wieland Gleich