RE­BORN TAXI RANK

CityPress - - Opportunity index - CHARL BLIGNAUT charl.blignaut@city­press.co.za

The en­trance to Diep­sloot has not just changed in the past four years. To­day, it’s win­ning awards.

“Upon en­ter­ing Diep­sloot, the most prom­i­nent part of the old taxi rank was the back of its leak­ing toi­let block, re­mind­ing vis­i­tors and res­i­dents of the peren­nial prob­lems ex­pe­ri­enced in the area with the fail­ing sew­er­age and storm wa­ter sys­tems,” write 26’10 South Ar­chi­tects on their web­site.

Last Fri­day, its de­sign for a new taxi rank at the en­trance to the town­ship was a com­mended project in the Coro­brik-SAIA Awards.

The up­grade of the en­trance to Diep­sloot be­gan in 2010, ini­ti­ated by the City of Jo­han­nes­burg. 26’10 South won the con­tract to re­build the rank.

It added trad­ing spa­ces and a gi­ant ve­ran­dah that is a kind of stoep where res­i­dents can meet, get a meal, do busi­ness and wait for buses or taxis. “Due to the spo­radic elec­tric­ity sup­ply, fire­places are pro­vided in the food stalls. The fire­place chim­ney stacks can be boxed out by large bill­boards, gen­er­at­ing ad­di­tional in­come to­wards the main­te­nance of the rank. A new car wash and re­pair work­shop are in­tro­duced ... The roofs are sloped at a pitch suit­able for so­lar panels and pro­vi­sion is made for a UPS sta­tion to power the rank dur­ing the fre­quent elec­tric­ity out­ages.”

Among the eight top win­ners of the awards pre­sented by the SA In­sti­tute of Ar­chi­tects were Unisa Phase 2 in Cape Town and the //HAPO Free­dom Park Mu­seum in Tsh­wane.

There were a fur­ther 14 awards of merit and two com­men­da­tions.

PHOTO: 26’10 SOUTH AR­CHI­TECTS

UR­BAN PLAN The en­trance to the main taxi rank in Diep­sloot

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