1 Thibault Square, formerly BP Centre
MURRAY and STEWART: Contractor
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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 permanent 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.
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