David Adjaye’s first major residential development in Africa, a project that was first announced in March 2015, is nearing completion. Comprising luxury residences and a hotel, the Hallmark House in Johannesburg, South Africa, transforms a postmodernist industrial building from the 1970s into a sleek mixed-use facility that combines “an African aesthetic with a contemporary vision,” according to Adjaye Associates’ website.
Located in the vibrant district of Maboneng, the 17-story structure was originally designed to house a growing diamond-polishing industry. Its flexible and modular structure lends itself to a dynamic redesign, which will include 46 hotel rooms on the fourth and fifth floors, with floors six through 15 holding apartments measuring 30 to 600 square meters, or about 323 to 6,450 square feet.
Each unit comes with a private terrace equipped with planter boxes, which, over time, will yield lush vegetation to create a vertical garden along the facades of the 66-meter tall building (that’s about 216 square feet). Hallmark House will also incorporate retail spaces, a coffee shop, microbrewery, and other shared spaces.
As for the aesthetic, the interiors feature industrial concrete surfaces decorated with bold patterns, textures, and finishes. Hallmark House was developed by Propertuity, with Adjaye’s team acting as its architect and local firm Malica Design helming interior design. Take a sneak peek below.