ABLEWIKI:Schubart Park

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GISKEY
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Condition
Under Threat
Date of origin
c 1976
Previous names
n/a
Place
Pretoria West
Street
c/o Vermeulen & Schubart
Town
Pretoria
Magisterial district
Tshwane
Province
Gauteng
Country
South Africa
GPS coordinates
25°44'41"S, 28°10'53"E
Planning authority name
Not Available
Architect/Firm
Not Available
Project architect/Designer
Not Available
Commissioning owner
Department of Community Development
Current owner
Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality
Current occupant
The building is currently occupied by mostly immegrants and the unemployed
Previous uses
Rental Housing
Current use
Used as a night shelter
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Significance

Schubart Park is one of the largest blocks of flats in South Africa with a total of 813 flats. It is also a prime example of the International Style of architecture and can truly be a historical masterpiece of Tshwane if it is better maintained.

Current known heritage status

None

Known interested and affected parties

Pretoria Institute for Architects

Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality

History

The four tower blocks were built during the 1970's as housing for the masses. Block D was the first completed and was occupied in August 1976. Block C, B, and A was completed the following year with occupants moving in during February, May and August respectively.

Description of site and/or structures and/or interior spaces

Schubart Park is a complex of four high-rise flats built in the International Style. Blocks A, B, and C are similar-looking, 21-storey high buildings and are situated on the southern end of the site. Block D is 25 storeys and is situated on the North-Western part of the site. One can easily spot these massive structures when driving down Vermeulen street. Unfortunatly the buildings are in an awful condition at the moment, with broken windows, stolen balustrades aswell as a pile of rubble and human faeces on the site. Certain safety measures should be taken when visiting these buildings.

Links

http://www.iol.co.za/index.php?set_id=1&click_id=124&art_id=nw20080714150256798C709223
http://apf.org.za/spip.php?article38
http://www.praag.co.za/feuilleton-magazine-386/algemeen-magazine-470/8211-schubartpark-byna-totaal-vernietig.html

Sources

Schutte, CD. 1984. Report S-105, "Social interaction and place perspectives experienced by residents of Schubart Park, a high-rise, high-desity flat complex in Pretoria". Human Sciences Research Council

Photos

Block A & Block B Southern Facades
Block C Southern Facade
Block D Northern Facade

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