Chinatown

Client: City of Johannesburg 
Construction Budget: N/A 
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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

Westbury NMT Framework

Client: Johannesburg Development Agency 
Construction Budget: R35 million 
Address: Westbury 
City: Johannesburg 
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The Westbury NMT Framework is one of the first precinct interventions linked to the Empire/Perth Corridors of Freedom strategic area framework, which looks to significantly increase population densities, access to public transport and access to employment. Westbury is one of the poorest coloured townships in Johannesburg with formal unemployment rates well below the national average […]

Sophiatown NMT Network

Client: Johannesburg Development Agency 
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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Westbury Bridge

Client: Johannesburg Development Agency 
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 […]