Nelson mandela square - mixed use
Co-Arc’s intelligent urban design becomes the catalyst not only for Nelson Mandela Square, but for the success of the surrounding mixed-use development.
Co-Arc International, collaborating with GAPP, created the urban framework for the Sandton CBD. Nelson Mandela Square, as an urban design development, had to become a magnet for activity. It had to create a sense of place and facilitated the future growth in Sandton and act as a retail anchor and center for the community.
Transforming an urban design into a commercially viable mixed-use development relied heavily on the success of the urban design, the important civic functions around the square and the careful consideration and understanding of the retail mix.
The collaborating urban designers thoroughly researched the urban scale of public spaces and pedestrian cities, distilling these requirements for civic and commercial success. Ultimately, the client’s requirement of a Renaissance theme was understood in the context of Johannesburg and Sandton in 1995, producing a place that still resonates with the South African context.
The library, art gallery, other civic facilities including the council chamber and theatre, as well as the considerable residential bulk, retail and offices all work together to encourage 24-hour activity within the square and reinforces the careful design of the retail mix.
The result is a development that maximises the client’s investment, ensuring Nelson Mandela Square is a significant node within the city that is recognisable and active, and encourages future development because of a thriving retail function that works alongside all the urban design drivers that are implemented in the project.