Property in New Doornfontein, Johannesburg.
A 1970's light industrial building in the Maboneng Precinct has been converted into a mixed use building, consisting primarily of offices which house entrepreneurs and innovators in a collaborative working environment with office spaces between 30 and 140 square meters. The building features a health food rooftop cafe and bar, and ground floor fashion and furniture stores. The Main Change has won the Halala award for 'Working and Buying Johannesburg' and has seen several diverse companies move their businesses to the Johannesburg CBD.
The architectural additions to the facade serve the purpose of passive solar design and ventilation: the new folding stacking aluminium shutters shade the glazing when closed, and can be opened to let in sun and for views over the city. The chimneys serve as extraction for ventilation, and double as a platform for signage for the building.