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Johannesburg’s Brutalist Water Tower

Though it may look like it, this cone-shaped concrete structure towering above the Johannesburg suburb of Midrand isn’t an art installation. The Brutalist-inspired tower is operated by Johannesburg Water, stands 131 feet tall, and holds nearly 2 million gallons of water for the surrounding community.

Built in 1996 and designed by a local architecture firm, the Midrand water tower was a nod to a vanishing architecture movement, the boxy concrete of Brutalism. 

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