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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]