African Design Magazine November 2016 - Page 62

T ia Kanakakis, the partner at MDS Architecture who led the project, says that the architecture and materials are inspired by the geological beauty of Africa and that the development is a tribute to local talent. “We wanted the new Mall of Africa to set a new benchmark in retail design. The combination of excellent architecture and leasing expertise within a new urban framework intended to provide the catalyst for a new CBD. It was designed and developed by Africans and can stand proud amongst the best retail developments internationally,” she says. In the initial design brief, the retail leasable area was 110 000m² but during construction, the client decided to increase the area to 130 000m² of Gross Leasable Area due to demand. The centre has two major food anchor tenants, many fashion retailers and a nine-auditorium cinema complex. The gross building area of the entire centre is 485,000m². The site Waterfall City is highly accessible, located adjacent to the Allandale Road exit of the N1 Highway, the first free-flow intersection of its size in Africa. The Mall holds prime position in the tailor-made 330Ha new city that embraces integrated living, with shops,