Salvazione Feature in Architectural Record

“Play for Keeps.

A whimsical structure offers school and sanctuary for children of an informal settlement in South Africa. For the past eight years, Johannesburg-based Local Studio has been actively engaged in what founding principal Thomas Chapman calls ‘social-impact projects.’ The 15-person office – a Record Design Vanguard firm in 2018 – is known for hyper-local initiatives, including community centers and affordable housing. Like many of its projects, the studio’s most recent, a four-classroom primary school in the suburb of Mayfair West, was made possible by a private donor – something Chapman attributes to a general lack of interest in the public sector for such work.”

By Alex Klimoski

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