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Ponte City Apartments

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Identification

Ponte City Apartments
103534

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Structure in General

skyscraper
existing [completed]
concrete
concrete
exposed structure
dark brown
brutalism

Usages

residential condominium
shopping center

Facts

  • Originally planned to be 64 stories high but was scaled back due to fire fighting concerns of the council.
  • A proposal surfaced in the late 1990s to reconfigure the building into a high-rise prison.
  • The tallest residential building in Africa, Ponte City has a hollow core along its entire height.
  • The sign at the top of the building is the highest and largest in the Southern Hemisphere.
  • The building is not completely cylindrical as it has a flat area on the rear side facing north.
  • The top 23 floors have a sepperate water supply located in tanks on the 31st floor and while lower floors are serviced by council supply.
  • The multi-story parkade is below ground at the front entrance and exposed at the rear due to the very steep nature of the site.
  • There is a shopping arcade on the 8th floor with 50 shops serving the tenants as well as a pedestrian bridge to the University crossing an adjacent freeway.

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Location

1 Lily Avenue
1 Lily Avenue
2001
Hillbrow
Johannesburg
Gauteng
South Africa

Technical Data

606.96 ft
567.01 ft
567.01 ft
54
7
1975
8
$2,500,000

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Features & Amenities

  • One of the city's famous buildings
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