Community Center

Outreach Foundation Community Centre / Local Studio

  • Architect:Local Studio
  • Location:Johannesburg. South Africa
  • Date:2015
  • Awards:Commended project in AfriSam SAIA Award for Sustainable Architecture + Innovation 2015/2016

Outreach Foundation Community Centre

Outreach Foundation Community Centre – Description from Afrisam.

The Outreach Foundation Community Centre is one of the first new inner-city social infrastructure projects to be built in Hillbrow since the 1970’s. The building site is situated on the rooftop of the unfinished community hall of the German Consulate in the 1970’s. The building houses 3 primary functions: a computer centre, dance studio, offices and meeting areas.

Africa Architecture Design
Courtesy of Afrisam.

These functions are collected within an angular volume draped over the two levels of the site. The simple form of the community centre is entirely governed by the programs housed, the choice of white ‘Chromadek’ corrugated steel and clear corrugated polycarbonate as cladding materials abstract the buildings image and clearly establish the building as a new addition to this part of the city. The building is elevated almost two stories above the street level which create strategies around public placemaking.


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