Local Studio (Pty) Ltd

Fulham Heights

Brixton, Johannesburg

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Fulham Heights is a conversion of an old corner shop and includes retail facilities, offices and residential spaces. The project intends to be a lighthouse of hope and regeneration, promoting passive surveillance in a notoriously high-crime area.

Harmonisation

  • What is novel about this project is how the architect saw the potential of the building and approached the previous owner of the building, forming a partnership with an accountant, adding a new structure on the existing building — rather than demolishing — to have a mixed-use programme.
  • Resource efficiency in using an existing building on a brownfield site while maintaining its historical heritage and using experimental building technology in a sensitive manner.

People Upliftment

An instigator for upgrading the Brixton neighbourhood. The architect is a young professional working in an incredibly competitive space. His business becomes a model for other emerging professionals, some of them in his employment. He is a good leader.

Evolutionary Paradigm

Presented new models of mix-use development within its urban context moving forward in terms of densification and creating variety for the context.

Placemaking Performance

  • The building has the potential to catalyse the neighbourhood. A conscious approach to the danger of gentrification.
  • A thoughtful approach to linking up to the existing spatial framework of the corridors of freedom.