A Glimpse of Hope for Johannesburg’s Forgotten Ponte Tower

first_img “COPY” Written by Barbara PoradaMarch 24, 2013 Share “COPY” Videos A Glimpse of Hope for Johannesburg’s Forgotten Ponte TowerSave this articleSaveA Glimpse of Hope for Johannesburg’s Forgotten Ponte Tower ArchDaily CopyThe Ponte Tower is a residential high-rise in Johannesburg, South Africa with a unique history and now a promising future. It was designed by architect Manfred Hermer in the 1970’s to be one of the most desirable places to live in the city, with an iconic, hollowed out interior, three-story apartments and rooftop jacuzzis. Over time, however, the building fell into disrepair and instead of serving as an icon of extreme wealth and prosperity, it became an icon of poverty and indifference. In still racially-divided South Africa, this was marked by the moving out of whites and the moving in of a primarily black population as property values plummeted. It has been associated with high levels of crime, a lack of sanitariness and even suicides, thanks to the building’s hollow core.Recently, however, the derelict Ponte Tower has received more attention from investors and the architect himself, who doesn’t necessarily want to restore the building to its former glory but wishes to at least make it a decent place to live. The introduction of stringent security has encouraged more open-minded, middle-class citizens to move in, hoping for a profitable return as the Ponte Tower continues to grow in terms of value. Watch this featured video for more on the building’s comeback and what it will mean for its current and future residents. ‘Wallcano’: Collider Activity Center Competition Entry / Zohar ArchitectsUnbuilt ProjectGold Coast International Design CompetitionEvent Share CopyAbout this authorBarbara PoradaAuthorFollow#TagsNewsArchitecture NewsResidential ArchitectureHousingApartmentsSkyscrapersPonte TowerJohannesburgSouth AfricaManfred HermerVideosCite: Barbara Porada. “A Glimpse of Hope for Johannesburg’s Forgotten Ponte Tower” 24 Mar 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogMetal PanelsAurubisCopper Alloy: Nordic RoyalGlassMitrexSolar GreenhouseLouvers / ShuttersTechnowoodSunshade SystemsFiber Cements / CementsRieder GroupFacade Panel – Terrazzo BlackStonesCosentinoSurfaces – Silestone® Basiq SeriesIn architectureSikaBuilding Envelope SystemsWoodLunawoodInterior ThermowoodWindowsswissFineLineSliding Windows – EvenMineral / Organic PaintsKEIMBlack Concrete – Concretal®-BlackSuspension SystemsMetawellAluminum Panels for Ceiling SailsDoorsECLISSESliding Door Opening System – ECLISSE Push&PullStonesMarini MarmiNatural Stone – Nuvolato di GréMore products »Please enable JavaScript to view thecomments powered by Disqus.Save世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/349033/a-glimpse-of-hope-for-johannesburgs-forgotten-ponte-tower Clipboard A Glimpse of Hope for Johannesburg’s Forgotten Ponte Tower ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/349033/a-glimpse-of-hope-for-johannesburgs-forgotten-ponte-tower Clipboardlast_img

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