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Ponte City Apartments

1 Lily Avenue
Johannesburg South Africa

Construction Dates
Floor Count54
Basement Floors7
Units / Rooms470
Building Uses
 - residential
 - retail
Structural Types
 - highrise
Architectural Style
 - brutalist
 - glass
 - concrete

 Heights ValueSource / Comments 
Antenna607 ft
Roof567 ft

Architect: Manfred, Hermer, Grosskopff and Lombart

Tallest residential building in Africa

There is a hollow core the entire height of this building

There was a proposal in the 1990's to convert the building into a highrise prison

This building was originally supposed to be 64 stories tall, but was shortened because of fire fighting concerns brought up by the city council

The building is not completely cylindrical, it has a flat area on the rear side facing north-west.

There is a shopping arcade on the 8th floor with 50 shops and a pedestrian bridge connecting to the University crossing an adjacent freeway.

The sign at the top of the building is the highest and largest in the Southern Hemisphere.

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Drawing by Rick Ruiz
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