A masterplanning proposal for The Ridge school in Westcliff, Johannesburg. After 100 years of development, the school has suffered from many incremental developments without a clear, coherent masterplan.

 

With a privileged position on a high ridge in central Johannesburg, the school has views, ecological diversity, and interesting geology, but the current disjointed site fails to make maximal use of these possibilities. The plan, conceived with artist and ex-student Marco Cianfanelli, was to create new courtyards, axes, and green plazas. These would allow for more of the site to return to indigenous vegetation, while improving the quality of the built space.

 

Proposal: 2019

Location: Westcliff, Johannesburg, South Africa

© Nico van Loggerenberg, Marco Cianfanelli

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