Mamelodi Shopping Centre, Mamelodi, Gauteng. MDS Architecture for McCormick Property Development.

2010.03.23

Sigh.

Architect Africa reports that Mamelodi Shopping Centre is now under construction, with completion due in late 2011.

Is there really no alternative to this? A string of giant, faceless boxes in a sea of parking. With no connectedness to its urban context. South African architects and developers are capable of so much more. Aren’t they?

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Six, Cape Town CBD. Arthur Quinton & Darryl Croome Architects for Leisure Development.

2010.03.22

Excuse the terrible photo. If you have a better one, please add it to Flickr.

Edit: More images and discussion at skyscrapercity.com. Via rfataar on Flickr.  

I’ve spotted this a number of times on my way into and out of Cape Town CBD. I’ve watched its construction over the past months, and it’s bothered me. I wasn’t sure why. And then they painted the top grey!

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I realised that the building has no roof. No top. At least not any meaningful top. Not a top that responds to the scale of the building. It’s all… middle! Well, perhaps there’s a bottom too. You can’t see that from the highway and I can’t really be bothered to go look.

The building goes all the way up and then—apart from that limp-wristed, skinny metal lid—it’s just sky! Simply painting the upper floor grey does not a top make.

Better

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