David Adjaye’s Plans For Joburg’s Hallmark House

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A 1970s building known as Hallmark House in Joburg’s Maboneng precinct is being transformed by architect David Adjaye into a luxury hotel and apartment block, complete with plant-covered balconies.

Adjaye Associates believe that the modular building makes it a perfect candidate for a redesign and transformation into a residential space. Once used as a diamond polishing facility, this 66m-high building will soon boast trees on every floor, a hotel, shops, housing and community facilities.

The aim behind the project is to “combine an African aesthetic with a contemporary vision,” says Adjaye. Plans are set for the building to be completed in May 2016.

For more information, visit adjaye.com.