International Volvo Photo Locations Part 512
Waalburg building is located at Burg Street in Cape Town, South Africa.
Waalburg, Sanlam ‘s head office designed by the first Afrikaans architect, Wynand Louw, was built on this valuable plot on the corner of Waal and Burg Streets in Cape Town after the insurance company made an irresistible offer for the land to the shareholders of De Zuid-Afrikaan has.
De Zuid-Afrikaan was the first Dutch newspaper in the true sense of the word in South Africa, although it was preceded by the weekly De Verzamelaar (1826). The premises of the office and printing house of De Zuid-Afrikaan, on the corner of Burg and Waal Streets, became so valuable that the shareholders accepted an offer from the insurance company Sanlam to close the business. The building that Sanlam erected on the prestigious site later became Waalburg and Sanlam housed until the company built its new head office on the recycled Cape beach area, at the time the tallest building in Africa. It later became the headquarters of Naspers and became known as the Naspers Center.
The South African National Life Insurance Company (Sanlam) is a South African financial services group headquartered in Cape Town. It is listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange and the Namibian Stock Exchange.
Wynand Hendrik Louw was a South African architect and with Gerard Moerdijk, with whom he was in partnership for several years, the first major African architect. He played an important role in the architectural scene of the first four decades of the twentieth century and in time he was regarded by the Afrikaans-speaking members of this profession as a patriarchal figure. As the first Afrikaans-speaking architect with his early works, Louw laid a solid foundation for the later extensive contribution of Afrikaans speakers to this profession. The numerous assignments he often had to perform alone, such as the 69 cities and towns he had to perform in 1925 in the performance of his professional duties, are surely an unparalleled achievement.
Louws business buildings for insurance companies such as Sanlam at Waal Street, Cape Town (1932, the famous Waalburg), and the Old Mutual in Darling Street, Cape Town, are seen as his most successful projects.
The SANTAM and SANLAM Building (now known as ‘Waalburg’), completed to the designs of Louw and Louw in the same year as the Commercial Union Building, is a case in point. Rising sheer from the street to a height of seven storeys, the impression of a dominant verticality is reinforced by the treatment of the pilaster-like bays, which terminate in a step-pyramid configuration. The spandrels in the bays are decorated with a variety of low-relief bronze and pre-cast concrete decorative panels which repeat across both the Wale and Burg Street elevations, succeeding, according to Die Huisgenoot (September 1932:47), in counteracting the potential for ‘monotony’ latent in the ‘simplicity that distinguishes a.building like this one’. (source)