1 Thibault Square

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1 Thibault Square
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1 Thibault Square is located in Cape Town
1 Thibault Square
Location in central Cape Town
General information
Type Commercial
Architectural style Modernist
Address 1 Thibault Square, Long & Hans Strydom Street
Town or city Cape Town
Country South Africa
Coordinates 33°55′08″S 18°25′24″E / 33.91889°S 18.42333°E / -33.91889; 18.42333Coordinates: 33°55′08″S 18°25′24″E / 33.91889°S 18.42333°E / -33.91889; 18.42333
Construction started 1969[1]
Completed 1972
Owner Zenprop
Roof 126.5 meters[1]
Technical details
Floor count 35,[2] 32 above ground[1]
Floor area over 36,000 m/sq[2]
Lifts/elevators 12[1]
Design and construction
Architecture firm Fox Revel and Partners[3][4]
Structural engineer Ove Arup & Partners[3]
Main contractor Murray and Roberts

1 Thibault Square, formally known as the LG Building and originally known as the BP Centre, is a 126.5 metre modernist skyscraper on the European-style Thibault Square at the end of St George’s Mall, Cape Town.[2][5][6]

Work on the building began in 1969 and was completed in 1972. As of 2014 it is the second tallest building in Cape Town. The 34-degree diagonal twist, which puts it on a north-south axis, reduces sun loads on the façades, thereby reducing pressure on the air-conditioning system. To further shield the façades, a pre-cast screen is mounted on every floor, allowing good air flow and cutting off direct sun rays. This unique orientation also means that all the offices have views of either the mountain or the harbour, and that none stare straight into the façades of the surrounding buildings.[7]

In 2006 the building was sold along with two other office buildings in Cape Town for R300 million and was at the time the largest Grade A commercial property in the city.[4]

Flanked by John Skotness’s Mythological Landscape steel-and-bronze sculpture the piazza below is a favourite public space for office workers and visitors to the city, who flock to its cafe's and coffee shops throughout the day. The building provides a focal point for Thibault Square.[1] In 2008 the building was acknowledged in a national survey by the South African Institute of Architecture to be one of the country’s "good buildings".[7]


  1. ^ a b c d e "1 Thibault Square, Cape Town". Emporis. Retrieved 9 August 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c "R25 million facelift for 1 Thibault Square". South Africa Property News. 8 February 2011. Retrieved 9 August 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "1 Thibault Square". The Skyscraper Center. Retrieved 9 August 2012. 
  4. ^ a b Powell, Anél (8 November 2006). "Cape Town landmarks sold in 'largest' deal". Cape Times. Retrieved 17 November 2014. 
  5. ^ Zen Property Holdings. "Case Study – 1 Thibault Square, CT" (PDF). City of Cape Town. Retrieved 17 November 2014. 
  6. ^ "Thibault Square". Cape Town Partnership. Retrieved 17 November 2014. 
  7. ^ a b "Refurbished 1 Thibault Square fetches high rental renewals". Eprop. 16 February 2011. Retrieved 9 August 2012.