African craft market

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Meeting the needs of Rosebank’s informal traders and the vision to create a world-class tourist attraction...
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Meeting the needs of Rosebank’s informal traders and the vision to create a world-class tourist attraction, the R7-million two-story African Craft Market at The Mall of Rosebank in Gauteng opens on 18 October.

Offering a wide range of hand-made products, the 650 square metre ground level of the inspiring urban African structure houses some 70 odd traders who previously sold informally along Cradock Avenue.

The completion of the project coincides with that of the R365-million Old Mutual retail complex, the Zone@Rosebank, as well as plans to embark on a major refurbishment and extension of The Mall of Rosebank itself with a total project cost of approximately R50-million.

'We believe that these developments will have a major impact on the attraction of Rosebank both locally and internationally', comments Bernice Boshoff, National Manager: Retail Property Management for JHI Real Estate, who manage The Mall of Rosebank. She adds that the African Craft Market is one of those rare developments which meet the needs of the developers, informal traders and the greater community at large.

The design of the building promises to be a major part of the market’s attraction.

Architect Kate Otten, who is renowned for her African-inspired buildings, describes the market as a simple structure that responds directly to the constraints and requirements of the site, client and user. The structure is then ‘wrapped’ with an African fabric of texture, colour and detail.

'This is a contemporary building appropriate in its scale and design to its African context. It is designed as an urban African icon without falling prey to North African stylistic overtures or literal interpretations of Ndebele painting'.

It is a building that encourages movement through and around. The architecture reflects this in its openness and lightness.

The northern end of the building has a large curvy outside balcony area that looks onto, and links into, a public pedestrian space connecting the craft market and The Mall.

Issued by: Rosemary Roberts
Of: JHI Real Estate
Tel: 011 441-0339 / 082 770 8125

Publisher: Rosemary Roberts
Source: JHI Real Estate

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