African Design Magazine November 2016 - Page 19

African project Khayelitsha Youth & Community Centre – South Africa urban environment within projects to be developed in d to be a catalyst for further site? ge shopping mall, the new rates court, the Local Home . Although we were allocated KBD for the development, we n site boundary within the of the Business district. This s able to accommodate the specific operational and functional needs as well as the overall vision of the centre. Despite this, the site had been encroached upon by the parking and basketball court of the adjacent Thusong Sports Centre. Extensive negotiations were required to have these relocated back within their own boundary. The site is in close proximity to a major train station and taxi rank, which are the main modes of transport to the site. With easy access to public transport the new building has already created a vibrant quality to the environment. Although a 30m wide ‘transit corridor’ is planned to run along the entire western boundary of the site, this is yet to be constructed. Although the building has generated a new dynamic within the area, the undeveloped infrastructure has compromised the building which currently butts up onto a ‘sandpit’ (instead of a Click here to read more