Posted: 22 July 2018     |     Author: Prof Lesley Lokko
New entrance to Wits University, designed by Local Studio Architects (Unit 11). Photo: LSA

Unit 11's Thomas Chapman (Local Studio) has just completed a brand new entrance for Wits University on its Jan Smuts entrance, opening the campus up to the street and the public in a bold, dynamic way. This marks the practice's latest Braamfontein project. As Wits Vice-Chancellor Professor Adam Habib notes, Wits is determining how it can break down the barriers that exist between the University and its location in Braam and Parktown. “Just as many universities worldwide have played a pivotal role in the revitalisation of their surrounding areas, so too does Wits want to do the same in Braamfontein,” adds Habib. “The reformation of Braam into a trendy, attractive, safe, inviting precinct is a key strategic priority for the University for the next five years, as we work towards our centennial anniversary.” Congratulations to Tom and his team for this brave new step!