UNISA Muckleneuk Campus, Preller Street, Muckleneuk, Tshwane
The UNISA complex on the Muckleneuk Ridge forms part of the skyline of Pretoria. The buildings were built in the Brutalist style of the 1970's, and house the biggest and oldest University in South Africa. With the construction of the Theo van Wijk building (the main building resting on the column under which the entrance road runs), a steel beam weighing 65 tons was used to uphold the structure. The steel beam can withstand 7.9 million pounds of pressure and can carry a continued load of 5 million pounds. The building, finished in 1972, can withstand galeforce winds of up to 230 km/h.
The building complex is significant as it marks the headquarters of the largest University in South Africa and one of the mega universities in the world. It welcomes visitors from the South to Pretoria.
 Current known heritage status
Protected as architecture.
 Known interested and affected parties
- Tshwane Building Heritage Association.
- Pretoria Institute for Architecture.
- Department of Architecture, University of Pretoria.
- Alumni of UNISA
When the University of South Africa first moved to Pretoria in 1918 it rented offices in Somerset House & Vermeulen Street. The University expanded into the Transvalia building in Pretorius Street and in 1953 the division of External Studies (established on 15 February 1946) moved into the administration building [www.unisa.ac.za] on Skinner Street. The new UNISA complex on Muckleneuk Ridge was finally completed in 1972 and became the new impressive home of the University of South Africa.
 Description of site and/or structures and/or interior spaces
UNISA is one of the great features of the Pretoria skyline. As one approaches Pretoria from the R21 towards the Fountains circle UNISA sits on Muckleneuk Ridge towards the right. The flowing structures accentuated by the sail-like structure of the Administration building are built in the Brutalist style, mostly in concrete. The Facade has a rough natural finish of a light brown colour.
Many buildings make up the UNISA complex. The first buildings were built in 1972 and UNISA is still expanding at present, with a new entrance building currently under construction.
The complex expands to the east along Muckleneuk Ridge.
Google sketchup model: http://sketchup.google.com/3dwarehouse/details?mid=829f0f788b576f86ffab51af9477204e
Sources include old newspaper articles collected from the public library at Sammy Marks Square, Pretoria.