A commenter noted that Matlosana Mall might be the work of Stauch Vorster Architects. I headed straight for their website for evidence and immediately thought that the internet had its tubes crossed. You see, Stauch Vorster’s website is pretty-much an exact copy of Diller Scofidio + Renfro’s lovely website. Except less usable. Lame.
I’ve noted this before, and it’s something that’s bothered me for a while. We architects often take wild liberties with our rendered images. Especially in South Africa, in my experience. And often, for numerous reasons, the architecture is savagely watered down after the visuals are completed. Sadly the same visuals are used to sell the scheme. And that’s a lie.
I’m pretty sure that RAFAA’s Solar City Tower competition entry for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro will suffer the same fate as Olafur Eliasson’s Water Fall linked to above.