Project team: 

Architects: MDS architecture
Lighting design: Paul Pamboukian Lighting Design


05. May 2012

Sandton City Protea Court in Johannesburg/RSA 

Text: Anthony Tischhauser

Sandton is a wealthy district in the northern part of the City of Johannesburg and home to the South African Stock Exchange since the late 1990s. The latter is not number one on the city’s sightseeing list but rather Sandton City shopping centre, which is one of the largest in the whole of the country.

Protea Court is the new pedestrian entrance to expanding shopping centre SandtonCity. South of the Gautrain Station on Rivonia Road, it marks a radical new approach to the shopping precinct in Sandton, which is entirely hidden from the street and only accessible via parking garages. The eight-storey domed foyer, designed by MDS Architecture as a joint venture project, is glazed to the street and covered with a translucent skin, thus naturally lit by day. Architecturally, it marks the completion of Phase I of the shopping mall expansion and features the first ground-breaking architectural lighting installation of its kind in South Africa.

Protea Court – which houses 70 new international and luxury retail outlets, was inspired by the shape of South Africa’s national flower, the Protea – was designed by Tia Kanakakis from MDS Architects. The team of lighting designers from Paul Pamboukian Lighting Design have worked with the leading architects on previous projects. […]


The full version of the article can be found in PLD No. 83.

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