SANDTON’S LEONARDO AN EXAMPLE OF SOUTH AFRICA’S ARCHITECTURAL FUTURE, SAYS CO-ARC
The nascent Fourth Industrial and information revolution will affect South African architecture “quite markedly” and architecture is uniquely placed to add value says South African architecture firm Co-Arc International Architects director Patrick McInerney.
McInerney says: “As a mixed use development, [The Leonardo] solves issues relating to urban mobility and density, providing a destination for capital both local and foreign, the global identity that Africa is seeking,” he adds, noting that it has “become a beacon of hope” in showing the possibilities for development despite the country’s economic challenges.
The principal contract for the R3-billion Leonardo was signed on October 25, 2015, with physical construction having started in January 2016.
McInerney notes that the Leonardo also sets an example for how African cities could attract local and foreign direct investment in property.
On the building itself, McInerney says the Leonardo was built with the two-pronged focus of a rapid build and ensuring it remained labour-intensive.
McInerney notes that the public colonnade and many public facilities visible from the street makes the Leonardo “much more accessible to the public. People will feel that they’re able to walk freely into the building, without being kept to the perimeter pavement as they are in so many of the buildings in Sandton.”
The Leonardo comprises several major public levels areas off the street, with retail and hotel lobbies linked by escalator to an interactive mixed use lobby space, which serve the large conferencing venue and will be home to the reception area for the apartments, penthouse suites and offices, along with a coffee shop and bar.
There are 1 300 parking bays linked by shuttle lifts directly into the seventh floor podium, which features landscaped gardens, restaurants, a bar, a creche, a gym and a spa.
There are also 7 200 m2 of sectional title offices.
Two-hundred and thirty-four apartments will rise up to the 38th level, with the next 10 floors earmarked for a luxury hotel to be established in the future, depending on the demand and conditions in the hospitality sector.
Above the development floors are eight penthouses and the Leonardo suite, reaching from the forty-ninth to fifty-fifth levels. The eight penthouse suites will also have their own gardens.
The 3 200 m2 Leonardo suite will feature 1 900 m2 of under-roof living space and 1 300 m2 of outdoor patios and gardens, with a 20 m lap pool and gym area.
Of the 234 standard luxury apartments, only 16 remain on the market.
The Leonardo is expected to be complete close to the middle of the year, but the exact opening date is being kept under wraps. https://www.engineeringnews.co.za/article/sandtons-leonardo-an-example-of-south-africas-architectural-future-says-co-arc-2019-04-23