Grand Central Water Tower

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Grand Central Water Tower

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The future extension of the Midrand CBD centre around a boulevard at the end of which the water tower is situated. It had to be more than a mere utility, so unlike with most water towers, architects were appointed to create a piece of urban sculpture.

At 6.5 mega litres it is the largest water tower in the southern hemisphere. It is a post-tensioned concrete cone on a 4m diameter stem with a 10m cube mass concrete base. The cone meets the stem at the surface of a pond, giving a floating effect to the massive concrete form. A spiral staircase runs up the centre like a straw in a glass. Provision has been made for a revolving restaurant at the top of the tower.

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Midrand, Johannesburg

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