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At Workshop17, Homegrown Design Brings Rosebank’s Old Fire Station To Life

Local design has restored the memory of a much-loved Joburg building to create Workshop17, a new co-working space.

Brett Rubin

Workshop17 Firestation, Rosebank, Office

An historic Joburg building that had lost a bit of its shine over the past few years has been brought back to life in heroic style. The result is Workshop17, Rosebank’s newest beautifully designed co-working space – situated in the area's old fire station building. The multi-level development is stretched across several floors of the recently renovated Art Deco structure, and embraces all of the latest trends in design while staying true to the integrity of the building’s storied past. 

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Workshop17, Firestation, Office

The up-to-the-minute interiors are executed in shades of red and green, with charcoal steel and woven cane details, ash wood carpentry and terracotta cladding and accessories bringing texture to the clean, minimalist architecture. Charming nods to the building’s past – think beaded firemen's hats and vintage fire-truck model vehicles – also inject a sense of sincerity to the renovation of the space, which is one that is much loved by local residents. 

Workshop17, Firestation, Office

Workshop17, Firestation, Office
Project architect Nisha Parbhoo.


The project was designed and built by the Workshop17 interior and design team: Nisha Parbhoo (architect), Janri Owen (interior design) and Salomien Pieterse (project coordinator). Platform Creative in conjunction with Alice Hutton Design, were responsible for the styling and interior decorating of the space, which takes up three floors in the heritage Rosebank fire station building along with the 10th floor, which is a Workshop17 members-only area. 

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Workshop17, Firestation, Office

With Rosebank’s dramatic revitalization since the arrival of the suburb's Gautrain station, and some big-name banks sending innovation 'think tanks' to explore new projects at Workshop17, it’s the sort of environment where big ideas matter, and where the best in local design plays its part in incubating their stories. 

To see the space yourself, and apply for membership, head to the Workshop17 website