African Design Magazine August 2016 - Page 56

a fresh aest The well-known East Rand Mall in Boksburg, Ekurhuleni is undergoing a mass interior refurbishment is expected to be completed by the end of 2016, while a n completed in April 2016. T he refurbishment and extension have been designed by MDS Architecture. Sean Pe Mall project, says that the design has taken care to maintain the existing volumes navigation for shoppers and creating a fresh new interior aesthetic. Two of the entrances have been extended and revamped. They have been draped w of perforated aluminium giving them a distinctive new look. “The cladding provid over the existing building. It provides dappled light during the day and is illumina Pearce. The new retail section features a ceiling that creates the impression of being folde throughout the shopping centre. East Rand Mall features a distinctive rotunda and barrel vault features are being maintained in the renovation, though the rotunda has been modernised and out geometric overlay and ribbon ceilings with lights. “We have brought the scale down slightly features on the sides of the vaults. Intimacy has been a key driving factor – we want to create sp centre,” he explains. Shopfronts have been lifted to just over 4m, with certain major retailers’ shopfronts extending new floor finishes, ceilings, lights, mall furniture and the introduction of distinctive visual cues centre to help navigate its various arteries. “There are a number of promotional courts, which h is finished with dark flooring and finishes, whereas the next avenue features white flooring and have been redone,” he explains. A distinctive tornado structure is a dominant feature in the foo enhanced by tubular structures reaching up towards the existing skylight. 56 africandesignmagazine.com