Design Joburg 2022 Architectural Experience

Design Joburg, South Africa’s edgiest design and décor show, is back from 19 to 21 May 2022 at the Sandton Convention Centre.
Real and virtual tours to The Bank, designed by Daffonchio Architects, will be conducted as part of the architecture programme at Design Joburg 2022.

Now in its fourth year, this three-day extravaganza of interiors, design, fashion, architecture and sustainable design returns with a full live event, which includes highly sought-after architectural tours and a stimulating talks programme with speakers from some of the country’s most innovative and influential architecture and design studios.

From its inception, Design Joburg has stood apart for its insightful and substantial celebration of cutting-edge local architecture. Its architecture programme has become known for its custom designed gallery pavilions, each year by a different selected firm, showcasing new buildings by the country’s most exciting architects.

This year, the focus on architecture is, as in the past, designed to appeal to professionals, design aficionados and the general public alike. It will bring everything to the topic that it has in the past and more, particularly relating to new developments in virtual reality (VR), which proved to be a game-changer for architects and interior designers during the pandemic, and has become more widely used and appreciated for offering immersive experiences of architecture in 3D VR.

This year’s gallery will include a brand-new VR component made possible by African Technopreneurs and supported by New Reality that will allow visitors to experience buildings from the inside without even leaving the gallery. The architecture programme will also include designer-led in-person building tours of iconic buildings including The Bank in Rosebank by Daffonchio Architects and The Leonardo in Sandton by Co-Arc International Architects Inc

Expert talks and panel discussions will include burning topics such as biophilic design with GASS Architects, the designers of Green School South Africa just outside Paarl, a landmark in new sustainable design.


The Architects’ Gallery

Design Joburg has always featured a purpose-built gallery showcasing some of the country’s most dazzling architectural projects. Not only have the buildings been represented through drawings, renderings, photographs and scale models, but the pavilion itself has also been designed by one of the participating architects. The stellar line-up of previous designers of the pavilion includes Osmond Lange Architects, SAOTA, AMA, Boogertman + Partners, JVR, GASS Architects and StudioMAS.

Design Joburg 2022 will take the architect’s gallery to the next level with the addition of a fully immersive 3D architectural experience including VR experience of several of the city’s most exciting architectural icons – all without having to step outside the gallery. Participating architectural firms include Daffonchio Architects and Co-Arc International Architects.

Architectural Tours

Designer-led tours of two of Joburg’s new architectural landmarks will take place.

The Bank

Groups will be shuttled from the Sandton Convention Centre (SCC) to Rosebank courtesy of Lexus to visit The Bank, an exciting new mixed-use development in the hub of Rosebank, which includes tenants such as VOCO hotel, Proud Mary and Workshop 17, and includes an extensive art collection curated by Art Gazette (not to mention a massive mural by SA artist Cameron Platter). The 2021 Gifa Awards noted The Bank’s “striking balance of grandeur and charm” and its “seamless assimilation into the context” while giving back generously to its urban surrounds and contributing to the vibrant, walkable Rosebank precinct and its unique character.

The Leonardo

Africa’s tallest building, the Leonardo, at 57 stories is a feat of engineering and architectural ambition, and is within easy walking distance from the SCC for in-person tours. Led by a majority women-team at Co-Arc International Architects, the building has proved transformative in many surprising ways, not least its contextually appropriate unique design and construction approaches and its focus on creating job opportunities and contributing to the local economy. Apart from the architecture, the building is remarkable for its thousands-strong art collection, much of it specially curated and commissioned for the building by art consultants The Trinity Sessions. These include artworks on the scale of Mbongeni Buthelezi’s 20m-long, two-storey-high mural and Damien Grivas’s geological sculpture that fills the stairwell connecting the ground floor entrance to the reception level above.

Architectural tours and talks programme will carry CPD points.

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