49 Jorissen

Client: Zenprop and Conurban 
Construction Budget: USD6,053,580 
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The adaptive re-use of a 70’s office slab and adjoining hotel into 600 student housing units in 2, 3 and 4-bed clusters, an 18th floor social space and a ground floor lobby.

Vuja De

Client: Propertuity Holdings (Pty) Ltd. 
Construction Budget: USD3,567,872 
Area: 10,695m² 
Address: 14 Lower Ross St, New Doornfontein, 2094 
City: Johannesburg 
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Vuja De is a 330-unit affordable housing block designed for Ithemba Property in downtown Johannesburg. The project is one of more than 2000 new affordable rental units the developer has completed in the inner-city this year. Local Studio designed the courtyard to be an extension of tenants’ living spaces as a counterpoint to micro-units which […]

Limpopo Youth Hostel

Client: Pan Africa Today 
Construction Budget: USD860,000 
Area: 1350m² 
Address: Droogekloof, Limpopo 
City: Bela-Bela 
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This project was commissioned by a global Non-Profit Organization focussed on advocacy training for youth. The organization originally purchased a defunct wedding venue, which included chalets and a dining hall. The brief was to build two new hostel blocks housing 120 beds with communal spaces and to extend the old function hall to cater to […]

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, […]

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 […]

Treviso Lofts

Client: Treviso Properties (Pty) Ltd 
Address: Westdene 
City: Johannesburg 
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Local Studio’s affordable housing development in Westdene. The scheme consists of 76 residential units ranging from 16sqm to 25sqm as well as a community centre and garden.

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 […]

Winstead Gardens

Client: Urban Task Force 
Construction Budget: USD2,865,329 
Address: Parktown 
City: Johannesburg 
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Winstead Gardens consists of 110 housing units, an action court and a coffee shop. This work involves the densification of a well known modernist apartment building in Parktown, which had been run down and neglected for 20 years. The project seeks to double the number of residential units through a restructuring of existing building, rooftop […]

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 […]

House S

Client: Private 
Appointment Date: 2014 
Completion Date: 2016 
Construction Budget: USD284,776 
Address: Glenhazel 
City: Johannesburg 
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House S consists of four bedrooms, a gym, a sukkah and a 25m lap pool. It is a renovation of an existing 1960s house in an area that has emerged as the main Orthodox Jewish area in Johannesburg. In line with Orthodox Jewish traditions, the house attempts to forge a strong relationship with the street, […]

House McKay

Client: Private 
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, […]

House M

Client: Private 
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 […]

Braamfontein Gate

Client: Urban Task Force 
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 […]

Fulham Heights

Client: Brixton Road Investments 
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 […]

Situation East

Client: Propertuity 
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 […]