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Meat Board Building
Pretoria, Gauteng

Hellmut Wilhem Ernst STAUCH: Architect

Date:1952
Type:Offices
Style:Little Brazil
Status:Extant

 


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Coordinates:
25°44'36.70" S 28°12'21.49" E

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STAUCH's buildings in the 1930s and 40s attempted to devise a rational style compatible with local conditions, within the Bauhaus influence. The form of the Meat Board building - a simple block deeply modulated for sun-screening, on elegantly cylindrical columns, with a freely planned ground floor garden - clearly refers to Brazilian work. So does the curvilinear board room and brightly coloured mosaics on spandrels and piloti. The shift, contemporaneous with that to neo-classicism and New Empiricism in other parts of the country, had considerable influence - particularly in Pretoria, where many buildings appeared in this plastic and exuberant mode.

(Julian Cooke in UIA, 1985: 61)

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Note: The photographs on the right are of the presentation model donated by STAUCH to the University of Pretoria where it is now housed at the Department of Architecture.


Writings about this entry

Beck, Haig (Editor). 1985. UIA International Architect : Southern Africa (Issue 8). London: International Architect. pg 61
Greig, Doreen. 1971. A Guide to Architecture in South Africa. Cape Town: Howard Timmins. pg 204
Various A Biographical history: in Beck, Haig (Editor). 1985. UIA International Architect : Southern Africa (Issue 8): pp 61
Gerneke, Gus From Brazil to Pretoria: The Second Wave of the Modern Movement: in Fisher, RC, Le Roux, SW and Maré, E (Eds). 1998. Architecture of the Transvaal: pp 216-217, 224 ill