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Synchronic Superimposition

Nikita van Jaarsveld

MArch 2022

Unit Leader: Gregory Katz
Unit Tutor: Jaco Jonker
Unit Assistant: Senzo Mamba

Making... A Difference 2022


This research project aims to encourage the extended use of the corporate Inyanda three building in Parktown, Johannesburg, by designing synchronic spaces using the existing user's narratives to prevent the extended isolation of the building.

Synchronic spaces allow different architectural typologies and functions to exist in parallel with one another in the same built environment without causing conflict. This could be done synonymously or at different times. In plain terms, synchronic spaces encourage multiple purposes or functions to occur – allowing new users to occupy the space.

Typical corporate high-rise buildings are designed for a specific set of users - white-collar employees. This means that the site is used during specific times and days for those users, leaving the building isolated throughout the rest of the day and the entire weekend. The current hybrid working option leads businesses to leave large-span offices, leaving the buildings empty and abandoned.

This thesis proposes to design synchronic spaces, which encourage the site to be used throughout the week by new and existing users, creating the opportunity for new functions to occur within the site, hopefully minimising the number of isolated buildings within the area.

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