House McKay

Client: Private 
Appointment Date: 2010 
Completion Date: 2016 
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, […]

Mimosa Square

Client: Urban Task Force 
Appointment Date: 2014 
Completion Date: 2015 
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 […]

Braamfontein Gate

Client: Urban Task Force 
Appointment Date: 2015 
Completion Date: 2018 
Build Period: 20 months 
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 […]

99 Juta

Client: Adne CC 
Appointment Date: 2016 
Completion Date: 2018 
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 […]

SPCNR

Client: Southpoint Properties 
Appointment Date: 2015 
Completion Date: 2017 
Build Period: 10 months 
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 […]

Chambers Of Change

Client: Propertuity 
Appointment Date: 2015 
Completion Date: 2017 
Build Period: 10 months 
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 […]

Fulham Heights

Client: Brixton Road Investments 
Appointment Date: 2014 
Completion Date: 2017 
Build Period: 8 months 
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 […]

Hillbrow Trauma Counselling Centre

Client: The Lutheran Community Outreach Foundation 
Appointment Date: 2015 
Completion Date: 2017 
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 are currently 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 […]

African School For Excellence – Access City Campus

Client: African School for Excellence 
Appointment Date: 2016 
Completion Date: 2016 
Build Period: 2 months 
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 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 application […]

Situation East

Client: Propertuity 
Appointment Date: 2015 
Completion Date: 2016 
Build Period: 12 months 
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 […]

Trevor Huddleston Center

Client: Trevor Huddleston Memorial Centre NGO 
Appointment Date: 2012 
Completion Date: 2016 
Build Period: 10 months 
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 […]

African School for Excellence: Tsakane

Client: African School for Excellence 
Appointment Date: 2013 
Completion Date: 2015 
Build Period: 6 months 
Construction Budget: USD1,033,000 
Area: 3000m² 
Address: Cnr. Puseletso & Tsakane Str. Tsakane 1548 
City: Ekurhuleni 
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The 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 provide a turn-key service […]

The Outreach Foundation Community Centre

Client: Outreach Foundation NGO 
Appointment Date: 2015 
Completion Date: 2017 
Build Period: 6 months 
Construction Budget: USD206,550 
Area: 300m² 
Address: 16 Kapteijn Str. Hillbrow 2038 
City: Johannesburg 
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The 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 is the […]

The Hill Café

Client: The Awethu Project 
Appointment Date: 2013 
Completion Date: 2014 
Build Period: 3 months 
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 […]