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Adjaye reveals Johannesburg housing plans

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David Adjaye Associates has unveiled plans for a mixed-use scheme in Johannesburg, South Africa

Set to become the practice’s first major housing development in Africa, the Hallmark House project, will transform an existing 17-storey, post-modern industrial building.

According to the practice, the building will ‘combine an African aesthetic with a contemporary vision’, and addresses ‘changing lifestyles and new ideas for urban living’.

The former block was originally built in the 1970s to house the city’s growing diamond polishing industry and the refurbishment will turn it into a luxury residential tower including a hotel alongside shops and cultural spaces.

David Adjaye, added: ‘The transformation of Hallmark House gives us an opportunity to apply fresh thinking to urban community and to address changing lifestyles with a more fluid approach to the way we inhabit cities.’

Adjaye is already working on a food and drink pavilion in the South African city. The project – backed by arts group Designing South Africa – will be the centrepiece of a planned new Food and Cultural Hub within the city.

Hallmark House is set to complete in May 2016.

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