Drivelines Studios in Maboneng, Johannesburg by Lo-Tek is Built Entirely From Shipping Containers

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Drivelines Studios is a mixed-use residential and retail building developed over an existing single story structure, previously a car repair shop. Designed by award winning, New York based LOT-EK Studio, the new building which seeks to provide affordable housing, is made entirely out of up-cycled shipping containers and is situated along a main road axis, serving as an entry point into the ever growing Maboneng Precinct of Johannesburg, South Africa.

The development was completed last month (September 2017) and features 100 studio apartments which rent for R 4900 a month (a little over N130,000). LOT-EK was commissioned by Propertuity to design a live-work building with ground floor retail in the Maboneng Precinct in Johannesburg. As a leader in urban regeneration, over the past few years Propertuity has single-handedly transformed the heart of the Maboneng precinct into a vital hub of leisure, cultural and commercial life. Our building introduces also housing in this urban mix.

The massing – entirely made of upcycled ISO shipping containers – is organized in a V generating a triangular open yard with swimming pool and sundeck.
All residential units are studio apartments varying in size between 40 and 60 sqm and include a private outdoor space along the walkways that look into the yard on all floors.






  • Client: Propertuity, Johannesburg
  • Project type: Residential and Retail building
  • Location: Maboneng, Johannesburg
  • Size: 6970 sqm
  • Design: 2014
  • Completion: September 2017
  • Structure: Silman Associates + Asakheni Engineers
  • Electrical: VBK Engineering
  • Plumbing: Abbink Consulting
  • Fire: Drofnets Engineering
  • Civil: DG Consulting Engineers