Mall of Tembisa, currently under construction, is a regional shopping centre located in the sprawling township of Tembisa in Gauteng.
The two-level retail development is expected to be completed in October 2020.
Louis Pretorius, a partner at MDS Architecture, says that Mall of Tembisa’s excellent visibility off the main thoroughfare of Olifantsfontein Road was a key consideration in the design. “The entertainment areas are prominent at Mall of Tembisa. There are two food court areas, one of which includes a children’s play area,” he says.
The shopping centre design features steel structures that resemble tree trunks, both at the entrances and internally, where they extend through cut-outs in the slab to link the floors. Several design elements evoke the shape, colour and detail of leaves. “The leaf shape is prominent at the entrances and throughout interior details such as bulkheads. Leaves are also referenced in the colour palette and internal murals,” says Pretorius.
There are several promotional courts in the shopping centre. While each promotional court is treated differently, natural light is abundant from clerestorey windows. The central promotional court takes the shape of a shield with free-standing steel columns suggesting tree-trunks like those at the entrances.
Mall of Tembisa has a good selection of food retailers, a gym and five entrances with ample parking as well as dedicated public transport areas. There are three free-standing buildings on the site for KFC (including a drive-through), News Café and Cashbuild.
Pretorius says that the design of Mall of Tembisa has anticipated possible future extensions in response to customer demand. The project is being undertaken by McCormick Property Development in conjunction with KJA Developments. As specialists in low cost housing, KJA will add the high-density residential components to what will ultimately be a mixed-use development, including logistic and commercial developments.
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