Catherine Bowen, Plascon Trends Editor
Johannesburg is going to be my home for the next while – and in the spirit of curiosity and exploration, I’m fascinated by the urban development that I’m glimpsing when I venture into its CBD.
Citiq Property Developers are one consortium that are responsible for a development that I’ve taken stock of when driving around. They’re creating interesting solutions for student housing, breathing new life into abandoned properties, and making use of re-purposed materials in the process. (inhabitat.com)
Mill Junction Student Accommodation by
Citiq Property Developers
Mill Junction has been developed from abandoned grain silos, which is becoming a bit of an urban development trend. For example, just take the re-purposed grain silos at the Waterfront that will play home to the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA) designed by Thomas Heatherwick (see my post about that amazing development here). The building has four floors of colourful shipping containers on its roof and is only the second of its kind in the city. It has resulted in reasonable, quality living spaces for the student population of the city:
I particularly love the way these old school lockers have been transformed with just a lick of colourful paint, but naturally the question on my lips is – were they using Plascon paint?! 😉