|Über uns||A Mix of International Flair, Job Opportunities & Shopping Bliss|
Shoppertainment is a new term coined by project managers Safland to describe their latest, and by the sounds of it, greatest project to date. A 54 000m², two level shopping mall with three parking levels in the Kleine Kuppe area in Windhoek, Namibia's capital.
The mall, named The Grove, was conceived after a retail study by Fernridge concluded that Windhoek had a massive shortage of retail space, servicing not only residents from Windhoek, but all surrounding areas.
The vision of owners, the Frontier Property Trust, Atterburyand Demushua, was to create the largest shopping experience in Namibia - a truly world-class mall where shopping mixes readily with entertainment - shoppertainment.
As part of the the Hilltop Estate, comprising of offices, residential, hotel, gym, value centre and a hospital, The Grovewill add to the variety through various national and international retailers, service operators, restaurants and entertainment areas.
Architects Boogertman & Partners, together with Howard and Chamberlain, have developed the architecture to reflect scenes from the natural environment typically found in Namibia. Therefore, the wavy dunes manifests itself as meandering lines from shop to shop, instead of the conventional straight lines, as well as through the shape of the walkways and the exterior cladding to the façade. The earthy desert colours get reflected in the floor tiling through the use of natural stone. Natural light will be introduced to the main vertical circulation areas through focused roofs, supported by 15m high columns resembling an indigenous tree with a flat canopy.
The Grovewill feature the first real food court in Namibia, with restaurants and fast-food outlets spilling over to outside seating, where the large open court will entice children of all ages with an unique water feature.
Bathrooms will be fitted to an extremely high standard, complete with baby change rooms and disabled facilities. Provision will also be made for disabled