TRANSVAAL CHINESE UNITED CLUB MANSIONS

Commissioned by the adjoining Club to accommodate Chinese families during the apartheid era, the building was designed in 1940 by architect Wilhelm Pabst, a recent immigrant from Germany. He wrote "I am of the opinion that where functionalism ends, architecture begins." This building has an extraordinarily dynamic energy. The facade projects and recedes, refusing to be constrained by concepts of rationalism. The delicate aquamarine tiles are durable and a symbol of Kuan-Yon, the much loved Chinese Goddess of Mercy and Compassion.
4 Commissioner Street
Related Organisation: 
Johannesburg Heritage Foundation (JHF)