Mar 28, 2013

Future of an Icon: Ponte Tower in South Africa

Courtesy of Philip Bloom

Ponte Tower is a residential high-rise in Johannesburg, South Africa with a unique history, and now a promising future. The crime-ridden and derelict tower, once a symbol of extreme wealth, but now inhabited by very low-income families, has received attention from investors interested in transforming it into a decent and desirable place to live.

Designed by architect Manfred Hermer in the 1970s to be one of the most desirable place to live in the city, the building has fallen into disrepair and has become an icon of poverty and indifference in the city.

Source: CTBUH

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