Chinatown

Client: City of Johannesburg 
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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 […]

Bramley Precinct

Client: Stand Out Properties 
Appointment Date: 2015 
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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]