Braamfontein Gate

Client: Urban Task Force 
Construction Budget: USD12,400,000 
Area: 35,000m² 
Address: 209 Smit Str. Braamfontein, 2001 
City: Johannesburg 
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Braamfontein Gate is the conversion of the formed high-rise headquarters of the Total Oil Company into affordable rental housing. The development consists of 400 residential units, a rooftop event space, retail units, a coffee shop, a business centre, a gym, an action court and a swimming pool. The project is illustrative of the quote by […]

Westbury Bridge

Client: Johannesburg Development Agency 
Construction Budget: USD991,450 
Area: 4500m² 
Address: Cnr. Fuel Rd & Kretzchmar Str. Westbury 2093 
City: Johannesburg 
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Westbury Pedestrian Bridge comprises a pedestrian bridge with access to a BRT station, an amphitheater and a park. This project forms part of a broader precinct plan, an NMT network, also conducted by Local Studio in the area. Initial research established that the on-grade crossing between Coronationville and Westbury was extremely dangerous for pedestrians, particularly […]

Outreach Foundation

Client: Outreach Foundation NGO 
Construction Budget: USD206,550 
Area: 300m² 
Address: 16 Kapteijn Str. Hillbrow 2038 
City: Johannesburg 
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The Lutheran Church Outreach Foundation Community Centre is one of the first new social infrastructure projects to be built in Hillbrow since the 1970s. The project is situated within the broader Hillbrow Lutheran Church/Friedenskirche precinct, a site given to the Lutheran church by Paul Kruger at the turn of the century. The actual building site […]

99 Juta

Client: Adne CC 
Construction Budget: USD 249,179 
Address: 99 Juta Street, Braamfontein 
City: Johannesburg 
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99 Juta is Local Studio’s most recently completed project, and involves the creation of custom studio and exhibition spaces for some of Johannesburg’s foremost product designers, most notably the firm Dokter and Misses. Apart from studios, the project also included the creation of a restaurant and bar at ground floor and a flexible event space […]

Arch For The Arch

Client: Interactive Africa and Liberty 
Construction Budget: Undisclosed 
Address: Cape Town City Centre 
City: Cape Town 
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The Arch for Arch stands as a tribute to the human rights activist and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu, affectionately known as “Arch” by fellow South Africans, as well as a monument to peace and democracy. Designed by Snøhetta and Johannesburg-based Local Studio, in collaboration with Design Indaba, the engineers at Hatch, and […]

House M

Client: Private 
Construction Budget: USD783,134 
Address: Glenhazel 
City: Johannesburg 
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House M consists of five bedrooms, living areas, an action court and a sukkah. It was inspired by Le Corbusier’s Maison Blanche, which he built for his parents in 1912. It makes use of modernist archetypes combined with traditional elements and was built around the needs of an Orthodox Jewish family. This includes the necessity […]

Little Mogadishu

Client: Johannesburg Development Agency 
Address: Mayfair 
City: Johannesburg 
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The Little Mogadishu masterplan has been initiated by the city at the request of local residents, who would like to limit the spread of the emergent Somali immigrant precinct in Mayfair and Fordsburg. The area has seen an incredible informal densification over the last ten years, which has largely taken the form of house-shops and […]

ASE Tsakane

Client: African School for Excellence 
Construction Budget: USD1,033,000 
Area: 3000m² 
Address: Cnr. Puseletso & Tsakane Str. Tsakane 1548 
City: Ekurhuleni 
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The African School for Excellence (ASE) educational model was designed specifically to address the needs and challenges of African secondary school scholars that are eager to learn, but with barriers such as school funding and tuition costs keeping many of them from reaching their full potential. A construction firm had originally won the contract to […]

Chinatown

Client: City of Johannesburg 
Construction Budget: N/A 
Address: Cyrildene 
City: Johannesburg 
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The entrenched local community of Cyrildene lobbied the city to create a plan to limit the spread of Johannesburg’s emergent Chinatown. The area, over the last 25 years has seen the South African Chinese community move from the historical Chinatown in Ferreirasdorp to establish shops and restaurants on Derek Avenue, which is the main street […]

Fulham Heights

Client: Brixton Road Investments 
Construction Budget: USD285,000 
Area: 600m² 
Address: 157 Fulham Rd. Brixton 2092 
City: Johannesburg 
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Fulham Heights is one of the first projects to demonstrate the principals and guidelines of the Johannesburg Corridors of Freedom policy. The policy looks to promote mixed-use development and residential densification in neighbourhoods adjacent to the recently-completed bus-rapid transit (BRT) network. The building is a conversion of an old corner shop, which was a Chinese […]

SPCNR

Client: Southpoint Properties 
Construction Budget: USD1,490,000 
Area: 8,500m² 
Address: 87 De Korte Str. Braamfontein, 2001 
City: Johannesburg 
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SPCNR stands for ‘Southpoint Corner’ and is a workplace development by the student housing company, Southpoint. The building consists of internal public areas, a roof garden, retail units and a restaurant. This is the renovation of a 1960s modernist office building designed by Silverman and Associates, previously known as Heerengracht. The building has historically housed […]

ASE Maboneng

Client: African School for Excellence 
Construction Budget: USD82,500 
Area: 450m² 
Address: 5 Beacon Rd, New Doornfontein, 2094 
City: Johannesburg 
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This is the pilot school in the African School for Excellence’s (ASE) inner-city schools programme, which looks to place small-scale, low-fee private schools in over 100 locations in the Johannesburg CBD over the next ten years. Naturally, very few  commercial spaces in urban areas are entirely suitable for school purposes and the project is one […]

The Hill Café

Client: The Awethu Project 
Construction Budget: USD66,100 
Area: 75m² 
Address: 11 Kotze Str. Hillbrow 2038 
City: Johannesburg 
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The Hill Café is a steel restaurant pavillion built as a temporary structure on the foundations of a demolished lunatic asylum in Johannesburg’s historical Old Fort. The original building had been demolished to make way for a parade ground for the Transvaal Scottish Regiment. The design went through numerous iterations, all of which were rejected […]

Chambers Of Change

Client: Propertuity 
Construction Budget: USD1,150,000 
Area: 8,600m² 
Address: Cnr. Pritchard and Eloff Str. Jeppestown, 2043 
City: Johannesburg 
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This project is the resurrection of four of the most important heritage buildings in the Johannesburg CBD, which had been owned by a large property fund and mothballed in the mid-1980s. The project creates 145 new, serviced office spaces aimed at young black advocates who require satellite office space close to the Central Gauteng High […]

Trevor Huddleston Center

Client: Trevor Huddleston Memorial Centre NGO 
Construction Budget: USD289,170 
Area: 450m² 
Address: 71 Toby Str. Sophiatown 2092 
City: Johannesburg 
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One of the few remaining structures from old Sophiatown, the AB Xuma House, is situated at the corner of Edward and Toby Streets. The house belonged to Dr Alfred Bitini Xuma, who was elected president of the African National Congress in 1940. In 2007, the City of Johannesburg acquired the Xuma House and signed an […]

Mimosa Square

Client: Urban Task Force 
Construction Budget: USD35,597 
Address: Hillbrow 
City: Johannesburg 
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This is an alteration to a famous art deco apartment building in Hillbrow, called Mimosa Square, which had been hijacked for 15 years and was the first urban renewal project undertaken by the client, Urban Task Force – a property development firm. The new structure places the public service centre at the top of the […]

Hillbrow Counselling Centre

Client: The Lutheran Community Outreach Foundation 
Address: Hillbrow 
City: Johannesburg 
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The Outreach Foundation currently provide a very impactful counselling service to migrants in Hillbrow, an area rife with crime and violence. Counselling facilities were previously scattered around the site and the new building will bring them together into one counselling centre. Facilities will include counselling rooms, a meeting room and a roof garden. This has […]

Situation East

Client: Propertuity 
Construction Budget: USD1,500,000 
Area: 4,500m² 
Address: 308 Fox Str. Jeppestown, 2043 
City: Johannesburg 
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Situation East is a conversion of a former garment workers factory into residential apartments in Maboneng. Like many industrial buildings in this part of the city, the building is characterised by deep spaces and flimsy structural elements, making traditional apartment typologies and construction methodologies impossible. The design therefore called for innovative ways to bring natural […]

Westbury NMT Framework

Client: Johannesburg Development Agency 
Construction Budget: R35 million 
Address: Westbury 
City: Johannesburg 
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The Westbury NMT Framework is one of the first precinct interventions linked to the Empire/Perth Corridors of Freedom strategic area framework, which looks to significantly increase population densities, access to public transport and access to employment. Westbury is one of the poorest coloured townships in Johannesburg with formal unemployment rates well below the national average […]

House McKay

Client: Private 
Construction Budget: USD24,918 
Address: Tarlton 
City: Johannesburg 
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The significance of House Mckay lies in the fact that it combines boundary wall typologies and house typologies. Traditionally the two are separate elements and the resultant form of this building is a continuous wall that goes on an organic journey, enclosing various indoor and outdoor spaces along the way. The house is therefore secure, […]

Sophiatown NMT Network

Client: Johannesburg Development Agency 
Construction Budget: USD1,779,850 
Address: Sophiatown and Westdene 
City: Johannesburg 
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The Sophiatown NMT framework continues the NMT links from the Westbury framework. Historically, Sophiatown and Westbury were disparate areas with huge differences in income, reinforced by the industrial and open space buffer zones on the main road. The new link makes it very easy for pedestrians and cyclists to cross buffer zones and the main […]

South Point Towers

Client: Southpoint Properties 
Appointment Date: 2015 
Construction Budget: USD14,326,647 
Address: Braamfontein 
City: Johannesburg 
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South Point Towers comprises 200 housing units, a retail space, a gym, a creche and a roof bar. When built, this will be one of the largest investments in the inner city since democracy. It involves the renovation of a 20-storey b-grade office tower into a luxury condominium development. The building is notorious for housing […]

Project 35

Client: Adamjee Group 
Appointment Date: 2015 
Construction Budget: USD1,790,830 
Address: Linbro Park 
City: Johannesburg 
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Project 35 is a middle-income housing development, which tries to break the trend of gated communities in Northern Johannesburg, by creating defensible public spaces through well-considered edge development. It comprises 500 residential units, a mosque, a community centre, retail space and offices. Local Studio acted as urban designers on this project as well as designing […]

Winstead Gardens

Client: Urban Task Force 
Construction Budget: USD2,865,329 
Address: Parktown 
City: Johannesburg 
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Winstead Gardens consists of 110 housing units, an action court and a coffee shop. This work involves the densification of a well known modernist apartment building in Parktown, which had been run down and neglected for 20 years. The project seeks to double the number of residential units through a restructuring of existing building, rooftop […]

Takeaway Housing

Client: Adamjee Group 
Appointment Date: 2015 
Construction Budget: USD179,083 
Address: Marlboro Gardens 
City: Johannesburg 
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Local Studio were, interestingly, given this brief to trick council into thinking that they were building one massive mansion, when in fact, they would be building four compact residential units on a single stand. Ironically, this area falls into the Corridors of Freedom Strategic Area Framework. Local Studio has worked for the Adamjee Group on […]

Kenroyden

Client: South Point Properties 
Appointment Date: 2015 
Construction Budget: USD1,790,830 
Address: Braamfontein 
City: Johannesburg 
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Kenroyden consists of six large office suites, two retail units and a rooftop event space. It is one of the first new builds to be built in Braamfontein since the decline of the inner city in the mid 1970s. The building replaces an elegant but run-down facebrick structure built in the 1930s. Before being acquired […]

Brooklyn Student Housing

Client: Calibre Properties 
Appointment Date: 2015 
Address: Brooklyn 
City: Pretoria 
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This project illustrates a rapid urbanisation of a suburb of Pretoria as a result of increased numbers of students at the University of Pretoria. The project came about through an invited competition, in which Local Studio were finalists. The design process follows a very rational stacking of 600 student rooms around vast interconnected communal spaces, […]

House S

Client: Private 
Appointment Date: 2014 
Completion Date: 2016 
Construction Budget: USD284,776 
Address: Glenhazel 
City: Johannesburg 
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House S consists of four bedrooms, a gym, a sukkah and a 25m lap pool. It is a renovation of an existing 1960s house in an area that has emerged as the main Orthodox Jewish area in Johannesburg. In line with Orthodox Jewish traditions, the house attempts to forge a strong relationship with the street, […]

Ivory Park Linear Markets

Client: Johannesburg Development Agency 
Construction Budget: USD1,067,910 
Address: Ivory Park 
City: Johannesburg 
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The Ivory Park Linear Markets consists of an immense 330m-long steel structure housing informal and formal trade areas and public ablutions. It is part of the province’s economic development program to formalise informal trading in Johannesburg. The project will provide lockable trading space for all traders who previously operated on the site, some for as […]

Westbury Housing

Client: Johannesburg Development Agency 
Appointment Date: 2014 
Construction Budget: USD1,432,664 per block 
Address: Westbury 
City: Johannesburg 
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The Westbury Housing Project arose out of the precinct plan Local Studio had proposed for Westbury from which the NMT links and the Westbury Bridge have been completed. When beginning work on this project, Local Studio immediately recognised the problematic layouts of the walk-up apartment buildings haphazardly placed in the centre of the township. The […]

Ikamva Youth Pods

Client: Ikamva Youth 
Appointment Date: 2016 
Construction Budget: USD17,916 per pod 
Address: Khayelitsha and Nyanga 
City: Cape Town 
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The Ikamva Youth Pods will be the first purpose-built spaces to support the very well run educational system in South Africa by Ikamva Youth, a public benefit organisation. The pods offer underprivileged youth space to do homework. The buildings replace the standard pre-fabricated classroom, but still offer the same convenience, being temporary, quick to build […]

Campus Square Bridge

Client: Johannesburg Development Agency 
Appointment Date: 2016 
Construction Budget: USD7,166,635 
Address: Auckland Park 
City: Johannesburg 
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The Campus Square Bridge is a controversial project because it demonstrates the manner in which the national government uses infrastructure as a political tool. It is thus highly questionable whether grade separation is the best solution for pedestrian safety at this particular intersection. A previous architect had proposed a perfectly circular bridge for the site, […]

The Grove

Client: Southpoint Properties 
Appointment Date: 2014 
Construction Budget: USD358,166 
Address: Braamfontein 
City: Johannesburg 
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The project was initiated in 2010 by Silvio Rech, who proposed the idea that the inner city, particularly Braamfontein, needed more pedestrian public open spaces to compliment the increasing residential densities and to create a precinct heart. The Grove was the first of these implemented projects and involved the demolition of a three storey building […]

Bramley Precinct

Client: Stand Out Properties 
Appointment Date: 2015 
Construction Budget: N/A 
Address: Bramley 
City: Johannesburg 
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Bramley Precinct consists of 250 residential units, communal facilities, a school and retail space. It involves the redevelopment of an existing old age home in Bramley into predominantly high-density housing, as well as a mixed-use precinct. The project is significant because it is one of the first developement projects within the Louis Botha Corridor of […]

York House

Client: Urban Task Force 
Appointment Date: 2014 
Construction Budget: USD179,083 
Address: Johannesburg CBD 
City: Johannesburg 
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York House comprises an event space, an outdoor cinema, a co-working hub, an action court, a bar and a braai area. Local Studio were appointed on this project to look at communal spaces in a housing development that consolidated all eight buildings in a city block. The housing concept of the work had already been […]