This abandoned ruin in Newtown had housed migrant labourers working for the JHB City Council since 1912. In one of the most exciting jobs of their careers, Henry Paine and Alan Lipman transformed the site that had been hidden from JHB life for 100 odd years, and exposed the way people had been made to live. The aim was to commemorate the spaces as they were so as not to forget, and to make the rest of the building useable and comfortable. The Workers Library won SAIA Awards of Excellence and Merit. 10 years later, Henry made further alterations, consolidating what was done before and designing a dedicated exhibiton space. The focal point was the reception pavillion of glass and steel.
Built in 1927, as an operating theatre where the first open heart valve transplants were performed. It was abandoned by the Health Dept in the mid '80's until 2010 when Henry Paine + Partners were briefed to restore and refurbish it as a maternity hospital. It was important that people could see what the building was like before - it had to remain intact and original - but the newly added top floor, had to be clearly defined from the old. As the building was derelict, all services had to be installed, and instead of chopping into and destroying the masonry, they were mounted on the surface. The building won the coveted Hulala / Colloseum award for Conservation in JHB and the Steel Awards for Sustainable architecture
Specialising in heritage has resulted in the careful restoration and adaptive re-use of many interesting buildings.
Church of Christ the King
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