Eskom Centre

The Eskom Centre is a skyscraper in the Central Business District of Johannesburg, South Africa. It was built in 1955 to a height of 61 metres. The building was the headquarters of Eskom from 1958 until the company relocated to Sandton in the mid-1980s. The building was the tallest building in Johannesburg when it was finished in 1958. The building was so high compared to other buildings in Johannesburg that it was the only one that could be seen from the patch of veld that is now called Kensington B.

Eskom Centre
General information
StatusComplete
TypeBusiness-use
LocationJohannesburg, South Africa
Completed1958
Height
Roof61.24 metres (200.9 ft)
Technical details
Floor count17
Design and construction
ArchitectRC Rinaldi & Partners

BackgroundEdit

Eskom Centre replaced Eskom House, a building in the city centre built in 1937.[1][2] The location is in Braamfontein on a block surrounded by Smit, Harrison, Loveday and Wolmarans Streets.[1] Situated on the site of an old dairy and residential properties, the land was purchased for R522,441. The architects were R C Rinaldi & Partners and would be built R3,709,241.[1] The construction period was twenty-seven months with the building completed in October or November 1958.[1] The building has 17 floors, was a height of 61.24 metres and had an underground area 13.6 metres below ground level.[1] By the middle of the sixties, the company had again outgrown the building with staff spread out to other buildings.[1] Eventually a decision was made to purchase land north of Sandton as a future headquarters site.[1]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f g "ESCOM CENTRE". Eskom.
  2. ^ "Eskom's second decade" (PDF). Eskom.