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Carlton Centre Office Tower

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Carlton Centre Office Tower


Structure in General

existing [completed]
pile foundation
exposed structure
light brown


commercial office shopping center
shopping center


  • There is an observation deck on the 50th floor giving a birds eye view of the city of Johannesburg.
  • Carlton Centre was sold in 1999 for R33 million (US$3.3 million) and now houses the head office of Transnet, the South African Transport parastatal.
  • The centre has the largest city parking arcade in South Africa.
  • Carlton Centre was the tallest building in the southern hemisphere when completed and is still the tallest building in Africa until 2019.
  • The buildings have a reinforced concrete structure with an exposed exterior aggregate and an integral finish of local gray granite exposed by sand blasting.
  • The tower has spandrel beams supporting ribbed slabs at each floor level.
  • The Carlton Centre is linked to the Carlton Hotel by a below ground shopping centre with over 180 shops as well as an ice skating rink all set below an above ground public plaza.
  • The tower has a slip formed reinforced concrete core and perimeter columns tapering from three square meters at street level to one square meter at the top floors.
  • The foundations of the two buildings in the complex are 3.5m in diameter and extend 20m down to the bedrock, 30m below street level.

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150 Commisioner Street
45 Von Weilligh Street
150 Commisioner Street
Carlton Centre
South Africa

Technical Data

730.02 ft
730.02 ft
730.02 ft

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Features & Amenities

  • One of the city's famous buildings
  • Observation floor is available
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