The project aimed to create a holistic masterplan using the opportunities of the site on a busy vehicular corridor to take full advantage of its presence within the art community as well as physically in the forested area of Parkhurst to create a destination and urban quarter. This setting alongside the existing buildings on the site allowed us to create an innovative development that proposed a shared work space, gallery, restaurant & apartments, centered around a sculpture garden and outdoor cafe terrace. The design responds using a bold form, with a courtyard that opens up and reactivates the urban front, inviting the public in.
Johannesburg is one of the world’s largest urban forests and this particular forest plays an important role in ecology of human habitats in many ways: it filter air, water, sunlight, provides shelter to animals and provides recreational areas for people. It moderates the local climate, slowing wind and storm water, shading homes and businesses to conserve energy.
Sited within a dense part of this urban forest is the MOMO art gallery which was completed with the purpose of offering some of South Africa’s finest art pieces to both local and international art enthusiasts.
Collaboration : COOP
Client : Competitive tender
Timescale : January 2019 - April 2019
Size : 5100 m² Mixed Use (52units residential, retail, gallery, Office, restaurant refurbishment)
Contract Value : Undisclosed
Location : Parktown North, Johannesburg, South Africa