African Design Magazine November 2016 - Page 64

African project Mall of Africa – South Africa Evolution on the design process The design process was led by MDS Architecture to fulfill the client’s desire to provide not just a mall in Africa but ‘the’ Mall in Africa, something of greatness on the African continent. The design inspiration for the mall and the courts was drawn from the geological beauty of the continent of Africa. This formed the direction of the design and the inspiration of the mall interior, aesthetics and finishes were developed on this concept in a non-stylised manner. Exterior aesthetic Mall of Africa’s design is based on creating an exterior aesthetic that gives the entrances, parkades and retail stores their own architectural identities. THE MALL OF AFRICA in numbers Click here to read more 64 4.8 Photo voltaic installation provides 4.8MVA of sustainable power for the centre 6 Over 6 kilometres of shopfront 40 Escalators 50 Lifts and goods lifts 300 Over 300 tenants 530 More than 530km of post tension cable used in the construction 11 594 Average number of vehicles per day for the first month 18 500 Tons of rebar 16 108 Number of vehicles on opening day 122 884 Foot count on opening day 205 000 m of concrete 10 410 000 Man-hours worked up to January 2016 3 africandesignmagazine.com