A Tour of Speakers’ Corner’s Cape Town Workspace Campus
Speakers’ Corner is a business hub located in Cape Town, South Africa that provides creatives and professionals with creative office space, upmarket restaurant and specialist retail. The whole spaces was designed by interior design firms InHouse and Robert Sherwood Design.
“Located on Church Square with its vibrant coffee shops, restaurants and new public space in the East City of Cape Town’s CBD, Speakers’ Corner is one of the city’s oldest buildings and forms part of the heart around which Cape Town was built. It has recently been sensitively restored by Urban Lime to offer businesses a unique creative office space, layered with history reflected in its design.
On entry, visitors are greeted by a vast reception space with a friendly concierge, the scent of freshly-baked pastries wafting over from Victoire Patisserie and stunning art on display from Gallery Momo. The building features four other floors with an array of offices of varying sizes (ranging from 50m² to 2000m²) with different views of the city. The interior spaces – designed by InHouse and Robert Sherwood Design in conjunction with the Urban Lime design team and James Milborrow Projects – include features such as original timber floors, exposed brick walls, fireplaces and large windows or balconies. “Every effort has been made to not only preserve the building’s past, with its original architectural elements retained and restored, but to also preserve its unique energy,” says Urban Lime founder and CEO Jonny Friedman. Over and above offering alluring and adaptable spaces where creativity can flow, Speakers’ Corner is equipped with an elegantly decorated boardroom, convenient meeting rooms and a cosy library complete with hot desks for resident businesses to use. The development also includes 24-hour security, CCTV and fully serviced common rooms, along with networking and social events for tenants. In addition, a new bar with a roof terrace and a fine dining restaurant will be opening on the premises soon. From small working spaces to large open studios, Speakers’ Corner is the perfect place for creative businesses to base themselves in the city.”
- Location: Cape Town, South Africa
- Date completed: 2018
- Size: 16,000 square feet
- Design: InHouse, Robert Sherwood Design
- Exterior: Urban Lime
- Photos: Andrea van der Spuy, Mark Williams