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.
Another mall. No, really, another one. Doesn’t Klerksdorp already have two? How many malls can a town that size sustain?
At least there’s a giant, swooshy roof to distract us from what will inevitably be another faceless box in the landscape.
Perhaps it’s a metaphor for the death of another small town centre. The death of resposible urbanism in modern-day South Africa. The death of another investment fund duped into backing 60,000 squares of unnecessary, ill-conceived, ill-fated retail architecture.
Anyone know who the architects on this one are?