Our home is the perfect reflection of the personalities of our people and partners.
What is a life without art? In keeping with our creative spirit, Hollard is a
proud supporter of the Creative Block project. This exciting art initiative
gives an opportunity for up and coming local artists to showcase their artistic
talents – no matter what their medium – on a uniform-sized canvas displayed in
the foyers of the Lionel and Florence House.
If it’s wildlife you’re after, you don’t have to venture out of the city.
Right here on the Hollard Campus you’ll find owls, bats, koi fish and peacocks.
We’re also proud to host owl rehabilitation and water purification projects as
part of our Sorted Bull environmental initiative.
Artist Marlise Keith’s “Rat Race” mosaic is eighteen metres in length and
exceptionally detailed in its design. Others appreciate it too: it came out tops
in the 2011 Business Day BASA Award.
At Hollard, we have our own version of the Acropolis, younger than its famous
counterpart. Our Acropolis has a bird’s eye view of Jo’burg and is one of the
best spots on Campus to have lunch.
Our connection with South Africa’s children dates way back. From 1922, Villa
Arcadia was a South African Jewish orphanage home to roughly 400 children during
the 1940s. Hollard bought the Villa and surrounding 16-acre estate from the
orphanage in 2003, and we’re proud to be associated with such a special place
that carries with it such a noble history.
If you take a walk up the hill behind Villa Arcadia, you’ll be able to see
the Saxonwold forest below through to the Magaliesberg mountains in the
distance. Sir Herbert Baker, one of early Jo’burg’s most famous architects who
designed Villa Arcadia, strongly encouraged materials to be locally produced. As
a result, the Villa’s Spanish roof tiles were specially commissioned from
Vereeniging Brick & Clay.
Villa 2nd floor
Villa Arcadia’s second floor was used by its original owners, the Phillips,
to host famous guests like Jan Smuts, Louis Botha and Anton von Wouw. There’s no
doubt that if you were a mover and a shaker in early Jo’burg, you’d have been
invited to rub shoulders here. Today though, Villa Arcadia isn’t just a
beautiful museum with famous works of art – we still use the second floor of
this historic landmark on a daily basis to conduct work and meetings.
Talk about Swiss efficiency: the first building to form part of the Villa
Arcadia was a Swiss Chalet that was imported “ready to assemble” in 1897.
Construction of Villa Arcadia was completed in 1910, and Hollard’s restoration
of the building has helped maintain features such as its glam Italian
palazzo-style marble flooring and Delft tiles adorning Lady Phillips' original
At Hollard, art is in our blood. Nowhere is this more evident than at the
Great Hall of Villa Arcadia, which today houses much of our Contemporary South
African Art collection. Luckily, this isn’t just a privilege for Hollardites to
enjoy: tours of the art collection are also available to any Joe Public.
Bougainvilla on Villa Arcadia
Built for Sir Lionel Phillips, one of Jo’burg’s influential Randlords, Villa
Arcadia is one of Parktown’s original “grand old ladies” designed by Sir Herbert
Baker. Baker's design concept for Villa Arcadia incorporated European and Cape
Dutch styles, while retaining his signature H-shape. So nifty was his style that
he was commissioned to design the Union Buildings shortly after.
The Hollard Campus sees almost 2000 Hollardites coming and going from it
every day. Our employees make the magic happen in the three main buildings that
make up the campus - and purple passion pours out of every one!
We’re so friendly that even our peacocks greet visitors everyday. The Villa
gardens were originally developed under owner Florence Phillips’ direction, and
plants and trees were chosen specifically to attract Jo’burg’s impressive
The Hollard Campus has been our home since 2005. It’s
situated on a
landmark property, just below the Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg
Academic Hospital in Parktown.
Our offices were designed to
harmonise with the magnificently
restored Villa Arcadia – a national monument. The offices also blend in
beautifully with the surrounding gardens.
Recognising that everyone should
enjoy work and live in a balanced
environment, the Hollard Campus is also home to the Hollsome Centre – a
wellness facility with a fully equipped gym. The Hollsome Centre also gives
Hollardites access to a nurse, doctor, physiotherapist, biokineticist and a
In addition to the Hollsome Centre,
Hollard also boasts an indoor
climbing wall and a large sprung wooden floor which plays host to a
variety of sporting activities, such as basketball, indoor football and indoor
cricket. All of these activities capture the adventurous spirit of our
people and our partners, who also make use of the facilities.
The Villa Arcadia and our offices house a large collection of contemporary
South African art – a testament to
on-going, passionate support of South African