Designed by Louis Karol Architects and constructed in the early 1990s, the building is one of Cape Town’s most distinctive and original structures. The unique cruciform building plan makes it ideal for conversion into residential apartments, providing maximum space with natural light. It also allows ventilation and views from all sides.
The building received the Fulton Commendation from the Concrete Society of South Africa in 1994 and the Award of Merit from the Institute of South African Architects. The exterior finish is precast concrete cladding with polished and flamed granite at the base. The wings span 53.5 metres from tip to tip, and the building stands over 100 metres high, making it the tallest residential building in Cape Town.