oa Civil Engineering = Siviele Ingenieurswese - Shopping under the open skies



Extracted from text ... SIVIELE INGENIEURSWESE ? JULIE 2005 24 FOR THE FIRST TIME South Africa's splendid climate has been incorporated in the design of a shopping centre. Sporting a retractable roof, the Clearwater Mall in Strubens Valley, Roodepoort, brings the Highveld sun right into the retail area. The roof, the fi rst of its kind in the country, sits atop an oval-shaped atrium some 60 m across, and can be opened to take advantage of sunny weather, similar to that of a sports stadium. ROOF ON ROLLERS 'A highly innovative design,' is how Rob Bray, director of Bentel Associates International and design architect for the Clearwater project, describes the triangular centre with the atrium located in the centre of the triangle. ..


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