The new Chemical Engineering Building is an extension to the existing Sciences Building at the Bellville Campus of the Cape Peninsula University of Technology. The facility will house the Department of Chemical Engineering and extend the faculties of Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics, thereby accommodating their needs for teaching spaces, laboratories and administration facilities. The project budget is R92 million.
The new L-shaped building occupies the South-West corner of the campus and is wrapped around a central garden courtyard, continuing the courtyard typology evident in the existing buildings.
The central courtyard acts as a “green lung” in the building and safeguards space for future lecture theatres and a centralized atrium. The main entry from the South leads into a double volume foyer area. This in turn is linked to the central lift core and feature stairs which lead directly to the third floor administration office lobby. All these spaces feature large areas of glazing that provide views to the open garden courtyard below. In this way, transparency is maintained and building legibility and way finding is reinforced. Areas of face brick are used to allude to the heritage of face brick buildings on the campus. Exterior face brick walls continue inside the building, thus emphasizing the link between the inside and outside.