Joburg Property Company - JHB City Counsel

During late 2015 we started with an exciting new longterm timelapse project for the new City Council in the heart of Johannesburg, South Africa. We had two static cameras up to capture the details and progress of the development this amazing new building.

The old chamber was constructed 40 years ago and in serious need of a facelift to accommodate all the ward councillors as well as allowing public access to proceedings. It’s an elevated triple volume chamber building consisting of council chamber seating area, public area, public and media galleries at mezzanine and upper mezzanine levels with plant rooms. A state-of-the-art audio-visual and paperless delegate system has been incorporated along with green building systems and smart technologies to reduce environmental impact and resource consumption.

The building will serve as a focal point for the city’s decision-making and will be an iconic structure at the centre of the CBD. The exterior design was inspired by an African drum with a circular form that also recalls the traditional African structure of meetings known as a Lekgotla or kraal. The gold-mining heritage has been added by using gold colours and elements in and around the building.

It surely is a noteworthy addition to the architecture of the Johannesburg CBD in South Africa.

Some additional interesting stats:

  • Start date: 16 August 2015
  • End date: 31 March 2017
  • Total duration: 20 months
  • Overall construction area: 2619 m2
  • Concrete used: 3805 m3
  • Bricks used: 4146 m2
  • Height of glass: 15m
  • People on sight: 110
  • Seating - Ground Floor: 361 Councillors and Officials
  • Seating - Second Floor Gallery: 158 Press and Visitors


Produced by: TimeLapse SA
Directed by: Joe Louw / Jonelle Louw
DP: Joe Louw
Offline editing & grading: Jonelle Louw
Online editing & Graphics: Nanette Dreyer - Handmade Media