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Adjaye picked for South African cuisine pavilion

David Adjaye has been commissioned to design a food and drink pavilion in Johannesburg, South Africa

The project – backed by arts group Designing South Africa – will be the centrepiece of a planned new Food and Cultural Hub within the city.

The structure will occupy a busy site within historic centre of Johannesburg next to the Park Station railway interchange.

Images showing the design are expected to be unveiled in September.

Designing South Africa founder Zahira Asmal said: ‘The Pavilion at Park Station will not only be a beautifully designed structure, but will form part of a much larger project to develop the area into a food and culture hub in the inner-city. In so doing, the Pavilion will reignite this public space, heralding the change in function in a celebratory and landmark way.’

She continued: ‘We look forward to working with David Adjaye and the team in realising a thought provoking and iconic pavilion and programme that truly challenges design and public space complacencies in the city.’

The London-based architect has already completed a number of pavilions including a cylindrical structure for the Liverpool Biennial in 2012.

Adjaye’s commission – supported by the Johannesburg Development Agency (JDA) and the Mayor of Johannesburg – was officially approved one year ago.

Asmal – who worked for Adjaye for several years in London – approached the star designer about the job in February last year. The organisation founder initially pitched the idea to Johannesburg’s current mayor, Parks Tau shortly before he was elected in 2011.

Planned to complete by 2015, the Food and Cultural Hub will be a new public space featuring shops and restaurants reflecting a range of African cultures.

The hub is part of a larger overhaul of the city’s congested Park Station gateway which will reduce crime, improve pedestrian safety and introduce more green space and safe play areas for children.

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