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1 Thibault Square, formerly BP Centre
Cape Town, Western Cape

REVEL FOX and PARTNERS: Architect
MURRAY and STEWART: Contractor

Date:1968-1972
Type:Offices
Style:Brutalist
Status:Extant


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33°55'8.58" S 18°25'24.66" E
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A 35 storeyed concrete tower block built in just under four years, its sliding core completed at a rate of six, later four, floors a day. It is planned to deviate from the sea-directed grid-iron of the city, twisting the tower diagonally to orientate to the cardinal points, setting a precedent for a number such tower blocks to follow in the City of Cape Town. The horizontal sun canopies are of washed aggrecate pre-cast concrete and placed as permananet shuttering for the concrete, another innovation. Its fenestration is of natural anodised aluminium and tempered glass. It cost R8 million then to build by Murray & Stewart.


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 209, item 30.1
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 297