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Namaqua House
Cape Town, Western Cape

ROBERTS and SMALL: Architect

Date:1930
Type:Offices with shops to street
Style:Art Deco
Status:Extant
Street:36 co Burg and Shortmarket Streets

 


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Coordinates:
33°55'20.45" S 18°25'12.94" E Alt: 35m

Cumming-George 1933

NAMAQUA HOUSE, Greenmarket Square, Cape Town, conveys an impression of dignity and repose, due to good handling of broad surfaces and carefully studied contrasts.

In the design the architects have striven, both in mass and detail, to create a building which, while lacking nothing in refinement, and refraining from any hint of bizarre, represents a pleasing and essentially modern structure eight storeys i n height.

The building is constructed with a reinforced concrete skeleton with brick filling. All external joinery is in teak.

The ground floor is divided into four large shops which are protected by a cantilevered balcony of unusual design.

The ground and first floor windows are treated with a massive architrave to lift the apparent weight of the superimposed load off the plate-glass windows.

A study of the interior of the building provides that the all-important factor - the tenants' convenience — has been kept well in mind. In each office electric light, power and gas supplies are installed, and the drainage has been so arranged that should any tenant desire a wash-hand basin it would only be a matter of hours before one is connected to the outlet already provided in each office.

(SAB Aug 1930:35)

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

Cumming-George, L. 1933. Architecture in South Africa - Volume One. Cape Town: The Speciality Press of S.A. Ltd.. pg 100
Rennie, John for CPIA. 1978. The Buildings of Central Cape Town 1978. Volume Two : Catalogue. Cape Town: Cape Provincial Institute of Architects. pg 100 item 50.24