2015 thesis project
Throughout my 2015 thesis document, I used collaged images of natural and constructed landscapes over- and under-exposed by the ghostly figures of beer drinkers to try to express my own sense of place in and around Booysens Reserve.
The landscape itself feels ill-exposed, as if it ceases to exist the moment you pass through; hiding lost mythologies, or perhaps just overworked by industry and the movement of countless people, long forgotten.
Booysens reserve has a deep sense of place, but feels lost in its environment, sandwiched between the remains of the Crown Mines claim and the roller-coaster of Gold Reef City. Industrial buildings of various ages stand on the bones of a small, neat arrangement of mining cottages, a modest suburb dwarfed by neighbouring Booysens. There is a feeling of expectancy, as the Soweto Highway snakes towards Soccer City, that the land has more to offer up than the gold ripped from beneath its crust.
Now see :
Johannesburg Urban Fabric
A series of maps highlighting different zoning in Gauteng which reveals bands of industrial activities (red), commercial zones (green), and open space and farming (yellow) which intersect just south of the Johannesburg CBD.
uMkhumbane Mixed Use
A mixed use, commercial/residential building for the uMkhumbane community in Durban.
A light, open plan home nestled between rich private green spaces on a small plot in Johannesburg | Xhamai Design
Booysens Brew Works Part 1
An experimental co-operative brewery in Booysens Reserve, a small industrial suburb in the South of Johannesburg. This, my M.Arch thesis project is a conceptualisation of the space constructed by the Imagined Community of South Africa's emergent youth culture.
A week long charette, or intensive, oblique design exercise in early May 2015.
54 Dr Langalibalele Dube Street
A commercial high rise building for Durban.
A school for children from junior primary to matric, designed to allow learners of all developments and sizes to engage at the level they feel comfortable.
A detailed model of one of the classroom modules from the Randburg College project
Booysens Brew Works programme development and site massing
Van Zyl Ads & Alts
New ensuite bathroom addition to a family home | Stage 5 Architects