The Westbury Transformation Development Centre (WTDC) has won the Architectural Design: Mixed Use Architecture category at the 2019 Architecture MasterPrize (AMP) awards.

The awards honour designs in the disciplines of architecture, interior design, and landscape architecture, with the goal of advancing the appreciation of architecture worldwide.

The event, celebrating the award winners, will be held at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Spain, on 14 October 2019.

The upgrade of the WTDC, designed by award winning firm, Ntsika Architects, as a “high spec” public building, is being implemented by the Johannesburg Development Agency (JDA) on behalf of the City of Johannesburg.

The soon-to-be completed state-of-the-art WTDC will include facilities for sports and recreation, early childhood development, old age care, retail, a bakery and sewing rooms. These facilities are set to benefit the community of Westbury and adjacent neighbourhoods. The WTDC boasts the tallest green screen wall and incorporates green building elements, such as double glazing and rain water harvesting.

In partnership with the Department of Social Development’s food security programme, the community around the WTDC will be taught how to grow their own plants and vegetables.

The multipurpose centre upgrade will provide opportunities for social interaction and cater for different sports such as soccer, hockey, cricket, volley ball, netball, basketball and aerobics etc.

“These sporting codes will also contribute to empowering and motivating youth and sports enthusiasts to participate in sport, improve their lifestyle, and will promote healthy living amongst the whole community,” MMC for Community Development, Cllr Nonhlanhla Sifumba said.

The centre will also include the elderly, by having a day care facility, which will have daily activities to keep them stimulated, as well as provide them with hearty meals.

The childhood development centre was also refurbished to increase capacity. A number of retail opportunities will be identified to accommodate a bakery and sewing room.

“The JDA gives much emphasis to precinct-based development, working with stakeholders to enhance communities, and address the local challenges and needs in a sustainable way through our capital investments. This award is, again, recognition of the JDA’s role in the development of resilient, sustainable and liveable urban areas in identified transit nodes and corridors” MMC for Development Planning, Cllr Reuben Masango said.

About the Architecture MasterPrize Awards

The Architecture MasterPrize (AMP) awards celebrate the very best in design excellence and innovation from the worlds of Architectural, Interior, and Landscape Design.

The awards programme is dedicated to showcasing and promoting exceptional talent, and the value of the art and science of architecture in enriching our lives.

A jury of architects, industry professionals and academics consider entries in 41 categories across the disciplines of architecture, interior design and landscape design.

The AMP awards honour and award the talents of those who push boundaries and set new standards, who turn the ordinary into the truly extraordinary and inspire others, today and for the future.https://www.joburg.org.za/media_/Pages/Media/Mayoral%20Newsletter/Mashaba%20On%20Point%20September%202019/Westbury-Transformation-Development-Centre-wins-international-mixed-use-architecture-award.aspx