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ABSA Towers previously the Trust Bank Centre and Heerengracht Hotel
Foreshore, Cape Town, Western Cape

People:

COLYN and MEIRING: Architect
MUNNIK VISSER ARCHITECTS: Architect

Date:1970
Type:Offices
Style:International Style
Status:Extant


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33°55'13.45" S 18°25'27.80" E Alt: 16m
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It comprises a podium of two basements, a ground floor of shops, three floors of parking and storage and a 29-storeyed tower block with concrete central core. Adjacent is a 9-storeyed building with the interspace once used as a hotel pool deck. This building was the first in Cape Town to use a continuous glass curtain wall. It had the distinction of being the largest steel-skeleton building of its time in South Africa. It was refurbished (n.d.) by MUNNIK VISSER ARCHITECTS.

See also Emporis

See photo by Hans R van der Woude

All truncated references not fully cited below are those of Joanna Walker's original text and cited in full in the 'Bibliography' entry of the Lexicon.

Writings about this entry

CPIA Committee. 1983. The Buildings of Cape Town 1983 : Phase Two. Volume Three : Catalogue and Classification. Cape Town: Cape Provincial Institute of Architects. pg 255, item 36.7
Greig, Doreen. 1971. A Guide to Architecture in South Africa. Cape Town: Howard Timmins. pg 101
Hartdegen, Paddy. 1988. Our building heritage : an illustrated history. South Africa: Ryll's Pub. Co. on behalf of the National Development Fund for the Building Industry. pg 307

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