Designed by Roelof Uytenbogaardt in the late `60s and completed in 1976, the Werdmuller Centre is a classic example of South African modernist architecture. Inspired by Le Corbusier, the building exemplifies the concrete work done in cape Town.
Always controversial, the Centre has inspired a love-hate relationship with Capetonians, who either swoon over the sensuous forms, clear circulation, light penetration and roof terrace, or regard it as an eyesore that should be demolished. Over the years the building has fallen into a state of neglect, due to little or no maintenance, and is largely an empty shell at present. Definitely worth a visit as an exemplar of the modernist imagination in South African architecture.