Ponte City - Looking up 🌆
Great capture by: @joshwideawake
The Ponte City Apartments is 173 m (567.6 ft) high, which makes it the tallest residential skyscraper in South Africa. The skyscraper was built in 1975 in the once cosmopolitan Hillbrow neighborhood of Johannesburg.
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Last day in Jo’burg. Leaving feels very bittersweet, even more so after spending time this morning at Ponte City Tower, a building whose rise, fall, and resurrection has tracked that of central Jozi in many ways. Today it is home to a mostly black, middle class population, and brings in extra capital from the giant ad ringing the top, and the occasional film crew shooting a dystopian movie in this, the central core. #sahbrooks#brutalismisbeautiful#architecture#pontecity#joburg 📷: @sarahmoderne
Last day in Jo’burg. Leaving feels very bittersweet, even more so after spending time this morning at Ponte City Tower, a building whose rise, fall, and resurrection has tracked that of central Jozi in many ways. Today it is home to a mostly black, middle class population, and brings in extra capital from the giant ad ringing the top, and the occasional film crew shooting a dystopian movie in this, the central core. #sahbrooks#brutalismisbeautiful#architecture#pontecity#joburg
At the bottom of Ponte City Tower, a panopticon and dystopian behemoth in Berea, originally designed to be a chic luxury building. At its worst, there were 14 floors of garbage at the bottom and it was controlled entirely by gangs. Today it is a functioning building with thousands of residents and home of Dlala Nje, the fabulous community organization that gave us a tour. #pontecity#ponteselfie#joburg
What started as a rich folk’s playground exclusively for white people and eventually became one of the scariest slums in Jo’burg, triggered by ‘white flight’ and the government’s decision to cut off electricity and rubbish collections in retaliation to racial mixing, Ponte City has a fascinating and incredibly dark history that I will never forget!!! This is the view from the inner core of this 173m tower which at one point became a giant rubbish tip that piled up as far as fourteen stories, along with the bodies of residents who committed suicide. Sometimes they wouldn’t even die, and would instead lay broken at the bottom and eventually get eaten by rats the size of cats! True story!😱 Today it’s a place of residence for middle/working class people of all colours. If the walls could talk... #pontecity#johannesburg#southafrica#bbctravelshow#sadtimes#hillbrow#history#pontelove
Who else can hear the chants from ‘the Dark knight’ playing in the background? Ponte towers was an out of body experience.
Also thank you for all the encouragement on the previous post. We drove 1,067km from Gaborone to Harare in one go. From 2.30pm to 6am. I think it wasn’t the best idea maybe but the prayers held us. Thank you.
#MikhaelSubotzky & #PatrickWaterhouse - #PonteCity . A collection of photographs of a once luxury 55-story Johannesburg apartment building, which decayed after a combination of white flight and an explosion of gang activity in the city in the 1980s. Juxtaposition between ad & reality was striking.
"US museum snaps up South African photography project at Art Basel: The San Francisco Museum 'will be acquiring' a series documenting a Modernist high-rise apartment block in Johannesburg"
@annabrady100 reports @theartnewspaper.official
The project - PONTE CITY - is being shown by Goodman Gallery @artbasel UNLIMITED section and is due to go on display @sfmoma in 2020 or 2021
@mikhael_subotzky @patrick_waterhouse #pontecity#mikhaelsubotzky#patrickwaterhouse#sfmoma#artbasel#baselunlimited#theartnewspaper
Do sunsets in Joburg ever get old? Here's one from the top of Ponte City, masterfully captured by @2summers 📷✨🌆 _____________________
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