A Cape Town University of the Western Cape tagged image from photographer – mallix as published on Flickr.
Werdmuller Center – Cafda Book Shop
Image by mallix
What seems to be a storage area of the CAFDA book shop. Rather surreal. Try to picture some more trees growing from the round holes there. Here you can see the buildings current state of disrepair.
A tribute to the Werdmuller Center on Main Road, Claremont, designed by Roelof Uytenbogaardt and completed in 1974. Uytenbogaardt was an award-winning architect and professor of urban and regional planning based at the University of Cape Town in the 1970s. Another incredible building he designed is the Sports Complex that stands at the entrance of UCT, completed in 1981. My dad worked at this center in the 1980’s and I spent a lot of time exploring the building as a child. The center (owned by Old Mutual) is due to be demolished as the land that it occupies (erf 54472, in the middle of Claremont) is worth more than its current letting value. DHK Architects have been appointed to the project. Many deem the center as a national heritage site and have planned proposals to save the building. The site is still accessible and we managed to shoot some pics after negotiations with security guards. The abandoned upper levels have been fenced off and can only be accessed with permission from Old Mutual. We found the building squalid and neglected, although people still use the ramps and passages to access the Main Road, as was originally intended. Some popular long-term residents at the center are Paul Bothner Music, the Cafda Bookshop and Radio CCFM.
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