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, […]

Sophiatown NMT Network

Client: Johannesburg Development Agency 
Appointment Date: 2015 
Completion Date: 2016 
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 […]

House M

Client: Private 
Appointment Date: 2014 
Completion Date: 2016 
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 […]

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 […]

Westbury Pedestrian Bridge and Park

Client: Johannesburg Development Agency 
Appointment Date: 2013 
Completion Date: 2015 
Build Period: 8 months 
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 […]

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 […]