The Building Centre, established in 1953, is a permanent exhibition in Cape Town that showcases products and materials for home building and renovating projects.

The exhibition is the largest of its kind in South Africa, hosting over 200 exhibits, and serves to inform interior designers, architects, building professionals and homeowners who are looking to gather ideas for their projects.

Located in the centre of Northgate Estate, open 7 days a week, entrance is free for visitors, with ample parking available.

Northgate Estate itself has become a key landmark for building, renovation and lifestyle. The estate boasts more than 150 tenants and offers a huge variety of home-related products and services - all within a safe, secure enclave. Located at the intersection of the N1 and M5 highways, the estate is easily accessible to both the northern and southern suburbs.

We look forward to your visit!


Vida e Cafe

Vida e Caffe at The Building Centre

In 2018, we opened a fully operational Vida e Caffe inside the Building Centre so that visitors can enjoy a takeaway coffee while browsing the exhibition. The cafe faces the main 4-way stop in Northgate Estate.

CPD Accredited Talks for Architects

The Building Centre hosts weekly CPD accredited talks for architects with an average of 50+ architects attending each talk.

CPD accredited talks


The boardroom is free for all exhibitors to use (bookings essential).


Boardroom Presentations

Exhibitors the boardroom space to host training sessions for the building industry professionals.

Boardroom presentations

Events Area

The spacious events area is used for industry related events, product launches and more.

Events area

Events area 2

Student Visits

The exhibition sees regular visits from students of interior design, architecture and construction studies.

Student visits

We print an annual directory book of exhibitors

Our annual directory book handed to visitors at the exhibition reception free of charge:


We look forward to your visit.