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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]