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Judge Clothing Factory - Rex Trueform
Woodstock, Western Cape

Max POLICANSKY: Architect

Street:Victoria Rd


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33°55'58.91" S 18°27'26.93" E Alt: 33m

The Judge Clothing Company is a two-storey factory showing the influence of having worked in the Netherlands and also of LE CORBUSIER: a linear building organized along a north-south axis of an industrial zone peripheral to the city. The building is rigorously programmatic and designed for lateral and vertical expansion. The movement spaces are strongly articulated and are formally reminiscent of the work of Mendelsohn Shocken Store — a formal language which became less of a preoccupation in subsequent buildings. The building is a highly mature piece of work for the then-25 year old architect and was strongly influential in introducing the modern movement to Cape Town.

(Paul Righini in UIA, 1985: 60)

(FRIBA nom papers 1945; AB&E Jul 1938:12-13; SAB May 1937:59-60 tend; Righini 1977:46)

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

Righini, Paul. 1977The work of Max Policansky. isilili sam sise africa : a journal of architecture and human settlements - University of Cape Town in Volume 1, Number 1. pp 48
Beck, Haig (Editor). 1985. UIA International Architect : Southern Africa (Issue 8). London: International Architect. pg 60
Clarke, Nicholas J, Fisher, Roger C & Kuipers, Marieke C . 2021. Common Ground : Dutch-South African Architectural Exchanges 1902-1961. The Netherlands: LM Publishers. pg 72, 130, 131 ill
Herbert, Gilbert. 1975. Martienssen & the international style: The modern movement in South African architecture. Cape Town - Rotterdam: AA Balkema. pg 154
Papanicolaou, Stella, Lahabe, Valerie & Rawoot, Maashitoh . 2021. Modern Architectures : Cape Town. Cape Town: MAGS. pg 11