The old and the new: more on AngloGold Ashanti’s Turbine Square

In 1998 AngloGold , under the then chairmanship of Bobby Godsell (of the recent Eskom sliding doors debacle), separated from  Anglo American. A new physical home was thus required. As a vote of confidence in the inner city, AngloGold set its sights on the Turbine Hall. In 2000 the squatters were evicted from the Turbine Hall. In 2005 AngloGold merged with Ashanti Goldfields and a month later AngloGold Ashanti signed the lease of the building from the Tiber Group. In 2007, almost ten years after its initial conception, AngloGold Ashanti moved into its new headquarters at Turbine Square. The integration of the old and the new has been extraordinarily sensitively handled.  

The X motif as seen in a old photograph of the building

The X motif as seen in a old photograph of the building

 While the development required some demolition (the north boiler house being the most extensive) components of demolished parts have been re-used. Certain key motifs such as the X brace as a structural and aesthetic motif have been repeated in the new design.

   

The X motif re-interpreted in the new building

The X motif re-interpreted in the new building

                                                               

 

circular motif             

John Steenkamp's sculpture using parts of Norht Boiler House with circular motif in roof

John Steenkamp's sculpture using parts of North Boiler House; the circular motif can be seen in the roof

Hopper North Boiler House

Hopper North Boiler House

 

  

Hopper commemorated in skylights of central atrium

Hopper commemorated in skylights of central atrium

 The concrete hoppers from the demolished North Boiler House are commemorated in skylights in the central atrium and John Steenkamp’s sculpture on a south wall re-uses found objects from the demolished parts of the precinct. 

The 3 old photos used here all come from the publication entitled Turbine Square A Heritage of Power researched by Sue Krige and Sarah Beswick ; a 2008 in-house publication for AngloGold and the Tiber Group.

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