17 June 2014 by Stuart Buchanan

Portside – Cape Town's newest skyscraper

The R1.6-billion Portside building is Cape Town’s newest, tallest and greenest skyscraper.

The completed Portside tower, in all its glory. Image courtesy of André Wessels

At 142m tall, the Portside building's gradual rise over the last year has been noticeable to anyone casting their eye over the Mother City's skyline. Today, it boasts a commanding presence over surrounding buildings, and its striking modern look certainly makes it stand out.

Nearly there! Portside under construction. Image courtesy of André Wessels

Not only is it very obviously blue in colour, but it's pretty 'green' on the inside: Portside is the first skyscraper in South Africa to be awarded a five-star rating by the Green Building Council South Africa. LED lighting and movement sensors that control air conditioning and lighting are among the building's impressive green credentials, creating a clean and healthy working environment.

The tower has come a long way. Image courtesy of André Wessels

A number of restaurants and coffee shops have already opened on the ground floor, with more tenants moving in soon.

Portside's 32 storeys qualify it as Cape Town's tallest building, overtaking the 26-storey Safmarine Tower built in 1993. Johannesburg's Carlton Centre remains the country's tallest building at 223m.

The development of Portside follows other big changes to the Cape Town CBD – The new Christiaan Barnard Memorial Hospital is under construction on the Foreshore, and the nearby Cape Town International Convention Centre is also expanding.

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