The history of this one year old complex is one of those inspiring stories of a visionary young entrepreneur who bought a derelict office building in one of the drabbest areas in the inner-city. From that starting point, Adam Levy not only meticulously refurbished this building (and now lives in the top-floor penthouse with a spectacular view of the Nelson Mandela Bridge), but also reopened the Alexander theatre, renovated the Milner Park hotel and transformed part of Juta Street into a creative hub.
Number 70 Juta Street used to be an army surplus store. It now contains 15 petite creative spaces in the single-storey building, with a tranquil courtyard in the middle creating an open plan design with easy access into all the stores. There are music and fashion outlets, a couple of studios and art galleries and a coffee shop. And next door, Co-op Gallery is also worth a visit.
The building's former gun safe has been converted into unisex toilets.
One last thing, that top-floor penthouse was one of the House & Leisure’s 2011 House of the Year finalists. You can drool over it here. I can see myself moving in faster than what it will take my husband to pour us sundowners on that deck!!
70 Juta Street
Tue – Fri: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sat: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Other worthwhile web pages to visit:
The website of Adam Levy’s property development company Play Braamfontein
An interesting article about Adam Levy in the NY Times
70 Juta Street Facebook page
Image credits: All photography by Elanie Fourie