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Old July 3rd, 2011, 09:38 PM   #1
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ZAMBIA | Lusaka | Society House | 25 fl | U/C

Architects are Louis Karol interned at their office as a student back in the days if you've been to cape town they've designed half of the high-rise buildings in the cbd including the new portside project, and we're an integral part of the inner city revival ,Pam golding is a class act there record speaks for itself ,





South African property development expertise is being increasingly admired outside the country with the latest being a local construction consortium firm awarded $100 million (about R673m) contract to refurbish Lusaka's iconic Society House tower that was gutted by fire in the 1990s.

The consortium of architects Louis Karol, quantity surveyors Turner & Townsend, Pam Golding Properties and BWK Monamodi electro-mechanical engineers will redevelop the tower together with a Zambian consortium.

Zambian President Rupiah Banda said he expects this redevelopment to catalyse change and bring investments to the entire Lusaka City centre. Lusaka, like many city centres in the world remains underdeveloped

Robert Silke, partner at Louis Karol and design architect for the Society House project said Lusaka's major advantage was that it was compact and well-managed, meaning that a major development can serve to catalyse the redevelopment of the entire city centre.

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"We understand that great cities need parking, public transport, good shops and great public spaces for all citizens. Great cities also need people to sleep there at night, guaranteeing that the city centres can remain alive after five, when office workers go home," he said.

The director of Turner Townsend, Lorna Botha, said Society House was a prestigious building and therefore uplifting it would turn things around not only for the Lusaka city centre but for Zambia as a whole.

Turner Townsend had done a number of projects in Zambia but this was the biggest and historic for them, she said.

The project is not simply a restoration of the burnt-out tower, but the tower will be refaced in a distinctive copper metallic surface and remodelled beyond recognition using a new 20-storey externalised fire escape as a means to animate the existing late modernist structure.

"Lusaka is a city of polite modernism and cyclopean towers. Society House is a 20-storey extruded concrete concertina with a neo-oriental brutalist pagoda on top, and you can't just mess with that lightly. We're going to embrace the existing form (love it or hate it) and surgically add and subtract using appropriate geometries, materials and expressive devices," said Silke.

The reconstructed skyscraper will consist of of a 4 star 160room Holiday Inn, conferencing, retail mall, A-grade offices and 1 100-car parking garage.

The rights to design and construct the project were won in an open tender in which 11 different local and international consortia participated.

Louis Karol chief executive Eitan Karol said Lusaka's skyline had yet to show evidence of the new prosperity. "The redevelopment of Society House will be a generous, very visible public gesture that isn't restricted to private malls and office parks in the suburbs."

Lusaka as a whole is a city under construction and South African construction companies, professional firms and retailers have been involved in major developments. These include the Manda Hill shopping centre and Liberty Life's massive mixed-use Levy Junction development.

The development of Society House was, however, different in a sense that it was a commercial project, but owned by benevolent state agencies, such as the national pension fund and national building society.

Silke said it can, like Cape Town's V&A Waterfront, which was developed by the Transnet Pension Fund, be expected to be a more enlightened, more generous kind of a project.

"Society House will help restore the centre of gravity to Lusaka city centre, and provide a generous capital investment into genuine public space for the full spectrum of Lusaka's citizens," he said.



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Old July 3rd, 2011, 09:49 PM   #2
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oh wait also know the engineers very well lol its bicon zambia it's eta is 2013 so it'll open around the same time as the new lusaka stadium
on and the structure to the right is the arcades project
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Old July 4th, 2011, 07:39 AM   #3
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Old July 4th, 2011, 06:57 PM   #4
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Very nice! Go Zambia
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Old July 5th, 2011, 01:49 PM   #6
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love it...we need to hear more from Zambia
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Old July 5th, 2011, 07:09 PM   #7
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Old July 7th, 2011, 12:47 PM   #8
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WOW, beautiful...
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Old July 8th, 2011, 07:46 PM   #9
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I always loved the design of that building especially the shades on the sides, thats gonna look excellent when completed.
An improvement on it currently at the very least:

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Old July 8th, 2011, 08:32 PM   #10
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plus u for got to mention that buildings is basically just columns and beams since the fire
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indeed, yeah its good to see it get some attention. together with the arcades project, thats gonna be a major facelift
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Old July 9th, 2011, 01:54 PM   #12
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indeed, yeah its good to see it get some attention. together with the arcades project, thats gonna be a major facelift
next is Findeco tower same idea different developers bt thats some time away as it's also gng to go thru a competition


these skyscrapers we're designed pretty well i have to admit in terms of form , the new looks they get will be great
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Re-designing of society house kicks off

The architect who has re-designed Lusaka’s Society House, says once completed, the building will be a symbol of Zambia’s economic re-emergence.
Robert Silke, is an architect with Louis Karol, an Architectural firm based in South Africa.
Mr Silke says the building, which will be adorned in Copper, will raise the profile of property development in Lusaka and attract other similar world class properties to the city.
He was speaking to ZNBC in Lusaka on Thursday when Zambezi consortium, the project developers, held a public hearing on the project.
And Zambezi Consortium Representative, Rennie Mushinga says the construction of the new Society House which will be completed in June 2014, will create about 500 jobs during the construction phase.
Mr Mushinga has disclosed that construction has already begun, with the demolition of the Central Arcade, which is located behind Society House.
Society House, which was gutted in 1997, will be turned into a hotel, while the Central Arcade will have a shopping centre and a parking deck with space for one thousand cars.

President Rupiah Banda is shown an artistic impression of the re-developed Society house and Central Arcade by Zambia National Building Society Managing Director Noriana Muneku at the ground breaking ceremony in Lusaka



got sent this a few days ago from a uncle working on the project
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Wow that's going to look good! About time too, that building is just an eyesore after that fire and it was outdated even before it.
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Old January 18th, 2012, 02:36 PM   #15
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wow the sight is quite large for this project they've finished to demolishing the quite a few blocks around the building hopefully goggle earth will be updated soon to show the scope of the site"didn't expect to go close to the site on the day so don't have pics :-("




there busy working on foundations now

ps: agree with abesha it wasn't the prettiest of buildings thou i did like the design of the building original especially the windows
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I'm pretty sure the building in tarp in the background to the right is the Society House.

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Perfect this is exactly what Lusaka needs for most , if not all of its main buildings! projects like these would definitely improve the image of Lusaka
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Is there any news for the other skyscrapers in the CBD that are ment to be recieving a renovation?
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