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University of the Witwatersrand, Dental Hospital
Johannesburg, Gauteng

John FASSLER: Architect

Client:University of the Witwatersrand
Street:Jan Smuts Avenue


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26°11'30.72" S 28°01'56.55" E

Precast panels by LUPINI BROTHERS.

John Fassler later moderated the devout adherence to Perret of the Dental Hospital at Wits, using Perret's principles rather than his forms. However, the building clearly shows the absolute post-war rejection of the International Style by several of its most vociferous proponents, including Norman HANSON, Gordon McINTOSH, and Roy KANTOROWICH. The break was as a desire to evolve a technically sound style better suited to limitations of the local building industry, more responsive to sunlight, more connected with historical tradition, and more acceptable socially. FASSLER's very refined Perretesque planning, formal relationships, decoration, detailing, and materials was a function of his lifelong engagement in the classical system combined with his rationalist turn of mind. Others, swayed by the New Empiricism, revived not only their classical training but also their early interest in Scandinavian work such as Ostberg's Stockholm town hall.

(Julian Cooke in UIA, 1985: 60)

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Writings about this entry

Beck, Haig (Editor). 1985. UIA International Architect : Southern Africa (Issue 8). London: International Architect. pg 60
Various A Biographical history: in Beck, Haig (Editor). 1985. UIA International Architect : Southern Africa (Issue 8): pp 60