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Hybrid workplaces : The Ubuntu Approach
April 5, 2021

The office changed from a bustling hive of activity based workspaces, fully booked meeting room suites, lively canteens and energetic social and networking events, to abruptly silent passages and empty offices in March 2020. Over the past year and the various levels of pandemic lockdown, we have seen the highest levels of vacancies in commercial office spaces that the property industry has ever experienced. Companies and employees largely adapted the work from home models during this time. We are starting to see some activity, with more companies being able to go back to the office. However, until such time that a substantial amount of South Africans are vaccinated and it becomes, safer to go back to working from a common space, forward thinking and well researched workplace strategy is going to play a pivotal role for many businesses that are rethinking how the office could be a productive and an engaging space again.

July 12, 2020

Revolve creates workplace design solutions for companies that are looking to create office spaces for their employees that are efficient and productive. These workspaces incorporate wellness at the workplace as well as technology integration to allow for improved communication. We create spaces that connect people in the workplace and create environments that enable performance and flexibility.


Our core services are space planning, interior design, project management and procurement which delivers a full turnkey solution for corporate clients providing them with support from the moment they select an office space  through to the construction and even when they move in.


With virtual reality, we enhance our workplace design solutions to provide immersive communication that takes the workplace to the next level and allows for even more flexibility and global collaboration. This has proven even more beneficial and invaluable at moments where working in close proximities are not possible and health and wellbeing could be affected.

360º Virtual tours for commercial spaces

June 21, 2020

360° virtual tours are a great tool to holistically showcase your commercial properties online and in VR. We have also used the tours as an interactive tool for Facilities Management that can provide up to date information on specifications, suppliers, SLA's and even operation manuals.

Regional Connect Educational Challenge winner

May 26, 2020

Revolve is exceptionally proud to have been able to make an impact with VR in education. By taking the innovation that we use in workplace design and applying it to education, we produced a winning product that can significantly improve the supplementary learning experience for learners that cannot afford private tuition.


The virtual tutor gives children from grade 1-12 across all subjects, the access to quality tuition in VR for as little as R10 a day, but more than that, it builds and creates a virtual environment to support academic growth and excellence. If you have a corporate initiative that supports education or are in evolved in education, please feel free to get in touch for more information and to see how this innovation could be customised and applied to suit your needs. We are actively seeking committed partners to be able to exponentially expand the reach of this amazing tool for education.

January 01, 2020

Its crunch time for businesses and employees in South Africa. There are lots of questions on how and what we are going to do in order to continue being functional in this testing time, facing an unimaginable and unplanned onslaught in the form of the Coronavirus Disease 2019, known as COVID-19. We hear a lot about the woes of Eskom trying to keep the lights on, the process of enabling staff to work from home, connectivity complexities and costs, and even wonder if staff are responsible enough to make remote working a success. However, South Africans are resilient and now we can once again do what we do best…..beat the odds.

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Workplace strategies in a possible crisis

March 01, 2020

With all the attention around the coronavirus and the impact it is having worldwide, I started to consider what this meant for the workplace in South Africa should/when it reaches us. This article is not meant to create panic, but rather awareness as these are definitely things, we need to start considering should we have any confirmed cases in South Africa.


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Design for Life

August 31, 2017

Hassan Shaikh featured in Destiny Man magazine September 2017 issue in the "My business journey" segment.

August 07, 2017

The benefits of co-working spaces for small businesses and entrepreneurs are many and there are some good examples of these spaces in Johannesburg, says Hassan Shaikh, founder of Revolve a specialist corporate and retail interior design strategy agency.

July 18, 2017

Hassan Shaikh, founder of Revolve, a specialist corporate and retail interior design strategy agency, says getting the formula right starts with an all-important audit — asking the right questions and, above all, listening to employees'...

July 12, 2017

Inner city rejuvenation has gained momentum globally over the last couple of years, says Hassan Shaikh, founder of Revolve, with a strong focus on brownfield sites (existing buildings) and repurposing these buildings into mixed-use spaces.

July 04, 2017

Rejuvenating inner cities but at what expense?

Strategic seating to maximise employee performance

June 08, 2017

When productivity in the workplace is highlighted most organisations immediately think about rewards, incentives, education and training, but while these traditional approaches develop employees' skills and enrich their work experience, they often miss a far more cost effective solution — the correct seating design.

June 01, 2017

According to Hassan Shaikh, founder of Revolve, the environment in which people operate at work has a significant effect on how well they perform.

May 31, 2017

For local entrepreneur Hassan Shaikh, the most important thing about raising his two sons is to instill good values in them and to help them to make the right decisions in life

May 23, 2017

The environment that people operate in at work has a significant effect on how well they perform, says Hassan Shaikh, founder of Revolve, a specialist corporate and retail interior design strategy agency.

May 10, 2017

Ever wondered if first impressions matter when it comes to office design and business potential?

May 10, 2017

FutureSpace, part of Investec Properties and Giant Leap is high-end, flexible office-on-demand space in Sandton. Hassan Shaikh commentary on Office design

April 30, 2017

Meet Hassan Shaikh. His company, Revolve, is aptly named: it is championing the revolution of the co-working space and the collaborative space.

April 10, 2017

Revolve's Hassan Shaikh discusses Gentrification in South Africa on Kaya FM with Kojo Baffoe

Putting the audit to good use

March 28, 2017

The design and outfitting of workspace is a major capital investment for any organisation and affects a number of business outcomes, including productivity, employee satisfaction, engagement, talent recruitment, and brand impact. Given the myriad of ways to design and plan a space, organisations need to approach workplace design in a strategic way. Imitating the latest fads startups are adopting often won't get the results a.company desires. Hassan Shaikh, founder of Revolve, a specialist corporate and retail interior design strategy agency, said getting the formula right starts with an all important audit asking the right questions and, above all, listening to employees' answers. "Looking at growth projections is important but not necessarily enough to provide the clear insight required. Bench marking the current space and understand ing what has worked and not worked forms a large part of the design process to ensure delivery of productive interior design space," he said.


Working with an experienced interior designer will make the whole process of moving into new office space or rationalising one's existing one a far more efficient and productive process. He said the best audits are outcomes based audits which utilise both observation and the employee and management survey to get a well rounded view of what is required and what shortfalls need to be addressed. "It is so important to critically analyse Indoor Environment Quality (IEQ), flow, matching brand perception to the office space, corporate culture to the workplace feel and even the movement away from traditional to more progressive interior spaces." Typically, they look at factors like who the employees currently are and where they will be in the next five years; who else uses the space and why; what kind of perception is the organisation trying to create; to what extent does it value flexibility and choice; what workplace behaviours would they like to change and in the current workplace, what are the most satisfying attributes that sustain productivity.


"Smart companies understand that workspaces are a business tool. An office environment reflects and reinforces a business's core values through the placement of different teams and functions and design elements that reflect culture, brand, and values. Getting it right pays huge dividends," added Shaikh.

A move toward mixed use spaces - Sunday times

March 18, 2017

According to South African Property Owners Association's (SAPOA) 2016Q4 Office Vacancy Report, the office sector is still firmly entrenched in its recovery phase although this is becoming increasingly fragile as a result of the sector's macro drivers. A move towards mixed use spaces Sandton has lost a significant number of big office tenants over the last year and office rental vacancies have surged to 11,9%. Additionally, the number of new speculative developments in Sandton continues to increase sharply adding to the amount of unlet prime space. Commercial and industrial property consultancy, Jones Lang LaSalle South Africa (JLL), pins the current Sandton office supply to 1,5 million square metres. After the.completion of all construction developments, JLL anticipates Sandton's office supply to increase to 1,9 million square metres, which will be over the next three to four years. Hassan Shaikh, founder, Revolve: a specialist corporate and retail interior design strategy agency, says some vacancies are as a result of muted employment growth or the building's aesthetics or its location and access, while others relate to cost, which is probably the most relevant. He predicts the rise in office space vacancies will not play out well for landlords. Shaikh says moving forward the smart money will go into repurposing or redeveloping redundant office parks or buildings in decentralised nodes. "We are sitting on a goldmine in Bryanston, for example. Access and security are good and there is a.complementary mix of residential, retail and office development to support mixed use developments."

April 27, 2017

Research, performed between Cornerstone OnDemand, a global leader in cloud-based talent management software, and researchers at Harvard Business School, has uncovered how the distance between two employees' desks affects various performance measures. According to the findings of this study, placing the right type of workers in close proximity to each other generated up to a 15% increase in organisational performance.

March 14, 2017

“Office space is a tool to support business. It needs to be functional, flexible and inspiring. It is also critical that the significant investment made in workspace design produces a return on investment to the business,” says Hassan Shaikh, founder of Revolve, a specialist corporate and retail interior design strategy agency.

April 27, 2017

Shaikh believes the solution lies in the creation of mixed-use spaces that encompass the live-work-play thinking that has become very successful. 

Collaborative workspaces - Designing ways interview with Josh

January 31, 2017

Hassan Shaikh, founder of Revolve, a specialist corporate and retail interior design strategy agency, is one of the first entrepreneurs to be selected to be part of the pilot Investec Property's Business development programme. He says that many SA.companies are getting workspace design wrong. I asked him to elaborate. thinking around business but often, when it.comes to utilising their space, little thought is given to how the space needs to drive profitability. There is a direct correlation between effective workspace usage, increased productivity and profit.



JT: How would you define effective office design?

HS: Office space needs to be functional, flexible and inspiring. I see it as a tool to support business.

JT: How would you advise them to adapt their approach to their office space planning and design?

HS: In essence, the issue is that many companies apply a cookie cutter approach to workplace design that distorts the well researched design principles that should be applied. The open plan office has been the predominant way offices have been designed and this has its positives and its negatives. With people becoming more connected and more mobile, the need for assigned desk spaces is becoming obsolete. Offices with multifunctional workspaces offer the progressive solution to effective workplace design.

JT: How does that impact on the corporate culture of the organisation?

HS: Each business is different and the layout, design and aesthetics need to reflect this. On that level, making the space reflect the corporate or brand culture is just as important as creating spaces that are tailor-made to specific business needs. However, having work environments that are static and un-reactive in the fast changing, economic environment that organisations operate in, does not allow businesses to be responsive enough. Interior design must be used as a tool to provide agility, too.


JT: But don't creative collaborative spaces sometimes become more distracting than beneficial?

HS: The office space ideally needs to be designed in such a way that it allows employees to focus, collaborate, learn and socialise. However, there is confusion between real collaborative space and the well-coined 'Google office' environment. Playful collaborative environments with pool tables, table tennis and activity based furniture have been shown to actually be more distracting and this leads to lower productivity. These fun items belong in canteens and social areas in an office. Depending on the business culture, there should be a collaborative space that suits the business. Business owners need to be realistic about it. Google gets it right for Google! Other businesses may be completely different, so they have to get ii right for themselves.


JT: Does that mean that there is a particular type of furniture best suited to collaborative spaces?

HS: Mobile furniture pieces suitable for flexible environments are essential to maximising the collaboration space. The people that interact with it will need to move items around and that's not a bad thing. I prefer thinking of it as a concept of organic designed spaces where the occupants are allowed freedom to change as and when it is required. The more static the space the less it gets used.


JT: What about the smaller businesses?

HS: SMEs conscious about budgets and driving profitability need to be thinking about collaborative workspaces, too. It's the way forward. SMEs can benefit hugely from adopting this design strategy as employees have become mobile enough to work anywhere. With the high use of mobile phones and laptops to access emails, people check in to emails at any hour of the day. This flexibility should be part of the business strategy when it.comes to creating working environments. For the SME's people, there is the opportunity to work remotely, at a desk in a quiet room or work in project groups in an informal setup. The benefit here is more flexibility of movement and the opportunity to be more responsible for one's own job functions. It creates a working environment of trust and this leads to higher employee retention, brand loyalty and increased productivity. Speaking specifically to SMEs, I advocate creating co-working spaces where several businesses that operate in the same industry can share space. This concept creates more.community. orientated businesses. In a tough economic environment, this surely makes business sense. Embracing this type of collaborative workspace means that.companies can reduce their space footprint and in turn lower operating costs.

How workspace design can affect the bottomline

February 06, 2017

According to Hassan Shaikh, founder of Revolve, a specialist corporate and retail interior design strategy agency, SA companies are getting workspace design wrong.

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