Situated inside Turbine Hall is a stunning indoor-outdoor venue known to many as The Glasshouse. This industrial chic space
takes clues from the old boiler and industrial spaces that in recent years have been converted into a world class venue.
The original building was the Jeppe Street Power Station, the largest of Newtown’s three steam-driven power stations. The facility was built and extended between 1927 and 1934 to keep pace with Johannesburg’s growing electricity demand. Although the power station was officially decommissioned in 1961, it was re-equipped and kept on standby as a back-up power facility from the mid-1960s through the 1970s. By the early 1990s, the facility had fallen into disrepair.
After years of neglect, the Turbine Hall was given a new lease of life in 2005, when the dilapidated north boiler house was demolished and, in its place, a structure was built to accommodate the global headquarters of mining giant AngloGold Ashanti. Over two years, the rest of the historic building was carefully refurbished to preserve its industrial heritage while transforming it into a top-class, contemporary and stylish function space.
The revamped Turbine Hall opened for public functions in 2009 and quickly became one of the leading events venues in Johannesburg’s inner city. It has hosted high-profile events such as South African Fashion Week, and is the location for the prestigious annual Turbine Art Fair.
The venue offers high quality, secure internet services, secure underground parking and exceptional food, décor and style. The Turbine Hall has conference capacity for up to 500 people, can cater dinners for up to 320 people and host cocktail parties for up to 800 guests.