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ATHLONE CIRCLE - SHOPPING CENTRE
PROGRAM: MIXED USE
LOCATION: PIETERMARITZBURG, SOUTH AFRICA
SIZE: 30 000m²

The 30,000m2 mixed use development, incorporates various nationals and a major anchor, a range of high end restaurant offerings, a national gym, and a level of A-Grade Offices. The site sits strategically between the busy N3 and the arterial of Peter Brown Road, and will service its immediate surrounds, as well as Northwards up to Hilton.

Visibility, a tight site entry point, parking organisation, and vehicular routing, coupled to the existing topography were major drivers of site planning.
Conceptually, the development has a traditional village configuration, internalised around a public square. Aesthetically, the development acknowledges the Pietermaritzburg face brick vernacular, yet is still robust and modern.

To add character, and interest, the various retail boxes have been dressed with interpretations of traditional shopfronts on Ground floor. A singular modern colonnaded level caps this, housing a full level of A-Garde offices. Vertical circulation cores have been treated as towers, which help organise and anchor the various elements.





Souce: http://bloc.archi/athlone-circle
 

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mini Melrose Arch
 

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trying to figure where it is exactly. But a good mixed use development from the looks of things and at 30,000m2, a good size to have an impact.

Pietermaritzburg has a fair amount going on. More so than i think we cover and seemingly more than other cities of its size, even feels more than what we see for Port Elizabeth
 

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Elephant & co

This is the kind of place anyone in the big 3 would be excited to see in their city. But that it is popping up in Pietermaritzburg is both surprising and encouraging. We need more of this in secondary cities. Will definitely have to stop by here when I get to Durban this summer.





















Source: Elephant and Co facebook
 

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Wow! Fantastic addition to Pmb! I agree that any of SA's big 3 cities would gladly have restaurants like this, and that SA's secondary cities should all have assets like this!
 
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