Monday, 3 December 2007
Saving the mid-century
The Werdmuller Centre in Claremont, Cape Town, was built in the 70s, and designed by Roelof Uytenbogaardt, an award-winning architect. I was shocked (though not surprised) to find out via the Elle Decoration blog that it's under threat of demolition.
Although it's a very beautiful building, I've always known it as a shabby, under-utilised and slightly scary place - it's on the 'wrong' side of Claremont's very scary Main Road, a road that requires nerves of steel if you're going to cross it on foot. Apparently the best solution to the problem of this building, and Main Road itself, is a new road, and massive redevelopment of the area. Read more about the developers' plans (oops, I almost said evil schemes...) here.
From the Elle Deco blog:
On Wednesday 5 December , there will be a public presentation of the Heritage Impact Assesment regarding the demolition of the Werdmuller Centre.
To show your support against its demolition, attend the meeting at 5pm. It will be held at 71 Hout Street, Cape Town, on the First floor of the Cape Institute.
If you’re unable to attend, you can add your signature to a petition. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more.
You can see more photos of the Werdmuller Centre on my Flickr page; I took a whole bunch of snapshots yesterday. It was hard to stop, but I also needed to be quick. You can see from the photos what a desolate place it is on a Sunday morning, but hopefully you can also see what an amazing building it could be. Knocking it down to build 'exclusive' 'luxury' 'loft-style' cubbyholes might not be the best thing to do.