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120 Plein Street
Cape Town, Western Cape


Type:Parliament Building

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33°55'36.11" S 18°25'13.45" E
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Bordering Stalplein is the modern 18-floor office complex now known as 120 Plein Street. It was originally named the Hendrik Verwoerd Building. The architects were Mallows Louw Hoffe (MLH) Architects and Planners. The official opening of the building took place on 11 February 1972. It was built to accommodate Ministers, Deputy Ministers, Heads & officials of state departments during parliamentary sessions. Each department was housed on a different floor and moved down from Pretoria with entire offices, staff, files and equipment for 6 months of the year. The office block still functions as an extension of the government departments of the Union Buildings and is not part of Parliament.

(Lila Komnick, Artworks Office Administrator, Parliament of South Africa, 2014)

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.