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Hillbrow’s skyline gets a new building

Hillbrow’s skyline gets a new building

Out Reach Foundation

Author: Webmaster/06 February 2015/Categories: News, Articles

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The Outreach Foundation, an inner-city arts program, is excited to announce the opening of our new centre funded by the National Lotteries Distribution Fund (NLDTF).

The beautiful “lighthouse” will facilitate space for a new computer centre, a dance studio, one new office, a small multi-purpose space and a roof-top entertainment area. The Outreach Foundation was inaugurated in October 2004 to serve the needs of the Hillbrow community and is home to seven outreach programmes; Boitumelo, Computer Centre, Counselling, Kids Week, Dayvision Youth Centre; Music Centre and the Hillbrow Theatre Project.

The official opening will take place on February 14 from 11:00 – 16:00. Please join us at 30 Edith Cavell Street to celebrate with performances by Joburg Ballet, African Jazz Pioneers and more.

Also tune into Invisible Cities Radio (João Orecchia) on 102.2fm which will be popping up again in Hillbrow, with some dynamic hosting by resident youngsters.

This building aims to serve the needs of the Hillbrow community. The roof-top urban garden has been generously funded by TUHFJOZI Housing Company, Ithemba Properties, Connaught Properties and an anonymous funder. The building includes the Day Vision Youth Centre that offers after-school homework classes and constructive interaction between young people and mentors thereby guiding various conversations around issues affecting their daily lives.

For the last two years the Hillbrow Theatre Project has been in partnership with acclaimed dance companies Forgotten Angle Theatre Collaborative (FATC) and Joburg Ballet, and for the last 5 years has participated in the Dance Umbrella and Sibikwa’s Dance Explosion Festivals. This year we are excited to be partnering with Vuyani Dance Theatre (VDT). A new dance studio will give us the opportunity to extend and develop dance-focused programs and to nurture inner-city dance talents.

The Computer Centre is excited about the new space as it will increase the centre’s visibility and encourage new enrolments. The plans we have for the centre are to offer a safe and friendly environment to community members (children, youth and adults) to access useful resources. This will include a public internet cafe which we plan to launch in 2015 in partnership with WHRI (who is this?) and the possibility of Teenage News Network or activities that will attract school-going teens.

The Architect’s Note:

Local Studio is elated to have been given the opportunity to work on the new Outreach Foundation community centre. Conceptually, we envisage the building to be a lighthouse, symbolising the wonderful activities of the various programs. The design and construction of the new building has been informed by a number of key opportunities and constraints, the first being an incredibly short time-line. This explicitly informed our material choices: we constructed the building using light gauge steel: a technique which has not been used in a building of this type and scale in Johannesburg before. The building has also been informed by the various creative programs, which it will house, the largest of which is the Hillbrow Theatre Project. Apart from the movement studio, the building will also house a fully equipped digital resource centre and meeting room. The building will also not use any mechanical ventilation and will be naturally lit. As a landmark, the chimney has been designed to create a conversation with the spire of the Friedenskirche, currently the most prominent building on the site. Finally, the piece de resistance of the building is a sloping urban roof garden from which inhabitants of the complex can interact with the city below.

For more information please contact Thomas Wojciechowski:

For safe parking details please contact Johan Robyn

30 Edith Cavell Street
Hillbrow, Johannesburg
011 720 7011

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