Braamfontein Rejuventation
As architects, Silvio Rech and Lesley Carstens have recognized the need for serious creative thinking to undo and heal the decades of decay that have befallen urban areas in South Africa. The firm were approached by property company Southpoint in early 2009 by which time they had acquired just over 40 buildings in this part of downtown Johannesburg. Until then, Southpoint had concerned themselves mainly with the development of quality housing for students and had given little thought to the design of the thousands of square metres of public space and retail opportunities surrounding their buildings. The firm share the view that a return to the city centre is an opportunity to solve a variety of the problems that face the country today: housing shortages are addressed via the multi-storey bulk that the city centre model offers. Transport problems become alleviated when people are able to live close to, (if not above) where they work. Security Problems are lessened when there is positive 24-hour activity in neighbourhoods. Entertainment choices are increased with a rediscovery of the city’s roofscape. These themes have all emerged in the Braamfontein Urban Intervention that was conducted with developers, Southpoint. The jewel in Southpoint’s crown is Randlords, a rooftop venue situated at the highest point in Braamfontein. For this project, the architects completely gutted the top three floors of a formerly drab office building and inserted a world class bar and dining facility for Johannesburg’s elite. Linked to this with an extensive , yet sensitive urban landscaping scheme is Southpoint’s head office, South Point Central. The scope of work for these offices involved both the renovation of an existing building and the creation of a public square, Southpoint Piazza, across the street The urban design scheme conducted in Braamfontein represents a departure from many of the run-of-the-mill housing and office renovations which have taken place throughout the Johannesburg CBD. Here, first of all, all buildings are included in a large scale landscaping plan which plays a part in most of the design decisions taken in the building, right down to small-scale details. Secondly the buildings respond to a need for landmarks in a city such as Johannesburg. South Point Central and Randlords were designed as such - jewels in the harsh urban landscape to serve both as a beacon and amenity for city-dwellers.

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