ABLEWIKI:Human Sciences Building (Hatfield Campus, University of Pretoria)
The humanities tower block by Brian Sandrock is a new brutalism building that stands bestrides Roper street, at the main entrance, dominating the campus. The building linked the old and the new campuses and as with most of Sandrocks builings it was nicknamed "Die Konstertina."
Current known heritage status
Possible interested and affected parties
- University of Pretoria.
- Department of Architecture, University of Pretoria.
- Pretoria Institute for Architecture.
Despite being one of the oldest faculties on campus, the Faculty of Humanities only found a permanent residence in 1977 when the impressive building designed by UP alumnus Brian Sandrock was inaugurated. Because at the time the city council had refused to close Roper Street, the building was designed as a split-legged construction over the street. The building comprises 29 lecture halls with seating for 2 733 students and 15 seminar rooms. The building was designed to provide office space for around 400 staff members and at the time of its inauguration constituted a quarter of the total lecture and office space on campus. Roper Street was eventually closed to the public in 1993.
Description of site and/or structures and/or interior spaces
The Humanities building rises off of an enormous concrete bridge podium that sretches across Roper Street, which was later closed.
- University of Pretoria. 2008. Campus Building Guide. Pretoria: UPSpace
- Fisher, RC. 2008. The Native Heart: The Architecture of the University of Pretoria campus. Pretoria: UPSpace