As a result of the new governmental regulation in 1994, the Johannesburg City Council started a venture to build “top structures” on currently announced and maintained land selected for construction. This specified development project was called River Park and was situated across a tributary of the Jukskei River from the “well-known” then “white” suburban area of Lombardy East. On the east bank of the river opposite Alexandra, a traditionally local black township.
In its initial phase of the planned 700 family scheme, only 150 units were actually built and occupied.
The homes were two stories, well directed and offered high quality outdoor space in the surroundings while adding to an energetic streetscape. Highest possible interior size was accomplished within the reasonably limited spending budget limitations, providing a sense of freedom and size. The task signifies that that cost effective, high-density homes can be created with level of sensitivity to appealing design and style.