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Grupel's Court
Pretoria, Gauteng

Wilhelm Olaf MEYER: Architect

Grupel's Court is representative of a discernable wave of influence in the 1960s with the return of a number of young architects from graduate study in the USA. The ordering of plans by geometrically regular forms, overlapping and set at 45°, the organization of functional elements into servant and served spaces, the combination of brick and off-shutter concrete, and the tower-like disposition all derive from Louis Kahn, particularly his Medical Research Laboratory. These characteristics were later developed by MEYER in new university buildings in Johannesburg and were apparent also in other parts of the country, such as in Roelof UYTENBOGAARD’s Truworths Factory in Cape Town.

(Julian Cooke in UIA, 1985: 61)

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

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 208, 210
Various A Biographical history: in Beck, Haig (Editor). 1985. UIA International Architect : Southern Africa (Issue 8): pp 61