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View Poll Results: Rate the skyline
10 1 1.96%
9,5 0 0%
9 1 1.96%
8,5 1 1.96%
8 3 5.88%
7,5 0 0%
7 11 21.57%
6,5 1 1.96%
6 2 3.92%
5,5 2 3.92%
5 12 23.53%
4,5 3 5.88%
4 4 7.84%
3,5 2 3.92%
less than 3,5 8 15.69%
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Old January 18th, 2008, 02:10 PM   #1
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Sandton - South Africa

Ok, this time I will remember to add the poll...

Sandton is a growing decentralised node in Johannesburg. It skyline is growing quite rapidly at this stage.

In South Africa we don't see a lot of really tall new buildings at this stage. There are several reasons for this:

Building costs associated with skyscrapers
Relatively cheap and available land - we are talking massive urban sprawl here people
Suburbian culture

In Johannesburg, densification is becoming more of a reality though:
New urban transport systems will make nodes like Sandton, Rosebank, Centurion, Marlboro, Braamfontein etc. much more attractive to live
The areas around the new high speed rail link are especially sought after
Land value is on the up

So Sandton is seeing the bulk of the new investment in taller buildings. A 30F is still regarded as a massive investment on this side. Most of the 40F and up buildings were built during the 1970's and 1980's.

New Sandton high rises
Michaelangelo Towers (residential) - 35F (completed in 2006)
Seers (office) - 40F (due for completion in 2009)
Radisson (hotel) - 25F (2009)
La Residence (Residential) - 25F (2009)
Sandown (Residential) - 16F (2006)
Regent (Residential) - 12F (2009)
Emperor (Residential) - 11F (2007)
Inner Circle (office) - 17F (2009)
Sunset Towers (Residential) - 13F (2008)
West Street (Office) - 12F
Fredman Drive (Office) - 11F
Holiday Inn - 11F
Sandton Drive number 1 - 9F

As you can see the majority of buildings are not skyscrapers, but the skyline is filling up. All of the above projects are under construction currently. And the area around the new trainstation is seeing 60F+ proposed buildings.

Now for some pics.

Skyline looking North (towards Pretoria)


Seen from the M1 Highway


Sandton Central
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Old January 18th, 2008, 02:14 PM   #2
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Note the trees in all these pics.



Nelson Mandela Square


Maude Street - Sandton Central




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Old January 18th, 2008, 04:52 PM   #3
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7/10 - The poll's wrong. Anyways, nice city but barely any skyline...
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Old January 19th, 2008, 09:28 PM   #4
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This is not really a city on its own. Rather, part of greater Johannesburg. One of four decentralized nodes within the city.
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Old January 20th, 2008, 02:41 PM   #5
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better integrate with johannesburg
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Old January 20th, 2008, 08:26 PM   #6
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Not bad for a suburb, although the centre seems artificially dense. I mean is there any reason why the roads should be THAT narrow?
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Old January 21st, 2008, 04:26 PM   #7
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What it has isn't bad, but it needs more
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Old January 21st, 2008, 04:31 PM   #8
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Maude street is not that narrow. It is a two way street with an island in the middle. If you think about it, suburban streets are mostly two-way streets, so densification has caught it off-guard. Decentralised nodes are common in spreadout cities. Sandton is the new financial centre of Africa. And the highspeed rail link will link it to the rest of Johannesburg, and also Erkurhuleni and Pretoria.
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Old February 2nd, 2008, 03:28 AM   #9
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Old February 3rd, 2008, 06:38 AM   #10
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Old February 17th, 2008, 04:51 PM   #11
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Old February 19th, 2008, 09:49 PM   #12
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This is a SUBURB of Johannesburg. It should not be treated as a seperated entity. Like trying to separate white Johannesburg from the rest! That's what decentralisation meant in any case, and it's wrong... Looks pathetic btw.
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Old February 25th, 2008, 01:54 PM   #15
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This is a SUBURB of Johannesburg. It should not be treated as a seperated entity. Like trying to separate white Johannesburg from the rest! That's what decentralisation meant in any case, and it's wrong... Looks pathetic btw.
Understand your point. But Sandton's Skyline is still pretty much seperate from the Jozi CBD and this is why I opened a thread for it. Hate it or love it, it is where the money is. And countless 15F plus buildings are going up - as you know. Pathetic? I disagree. For a decentralised node it is not that bad. And with 40F, 25F, 27F and 21F under construction it is bound to look very different pretty soon.

Sandton is too far from Johannesburg's historical centre to be viewed as a part of its skyline. And it has a skyline that is too pronounced to ignore - however pathetic you might think it is. It is not impressive, but on a jozi scale it is distinct.
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Old July 29th, 2008, 09:51 PM   #16
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Old November 2nd, 2008, 01:55 AM   #19
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I'm surprised, high quality buildings for an african suburb! 7/10
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Old November 2nd, 2008, 11:50 AM   #20
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I can't wait until the planned 80F is built, and darnwell hope the other talls that have been proposed will be built - especially the one by the Dubai company.
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