Aesthetic and functional renovation of the most iconic theatre in Johannesburg
The Market Theatre is an icon in South Africa, not just because of its architecture and unusual origin (it was formerly an Indian fruit market) but also because for 20 years it was a symbol and place for the fight against apartheid. It was opened in 1976 and always carried the conviction that “culture can change society”. The original building dates from 1913 and is a historically listed building, which is why the architects at Albonico Sack Metacity could not carry out any structural alterations. The renovation respects the original architecture as a whole. Not even the old signs for the market stalls were changed, and remain as they were.