Anolis shines a light on The Mall of Africa
SOUTH AFRICA: The Mall of Africa in Midrand, Gauteng opened its doors to the public last year as the largest single-phase retail facility on the continent with its two main storeys spanning approximately 550,000 sq-m. The design of lighting solutions for such a large space was no small feat and saw architectural lighting designer Deryl Jan of PPA Lightco brought in to work with Robe’s architectural lighting division, Anolis, and its South African distributor, DWR Distribution.
Mr Jan’s lighting design was based on a brief provided by lead architect Tia Kanakakis from MDS Architects and covered three areas of the mall: the roof, a tree-filled garden area in the adjacent City Park and the underpass. Anolis LED fixtures were reportedly selected for their reliability, in addition to the fact that the manufacturer agreed to customise its products to fit the requirement.
In total, more than 900 RGBW ArcLine Optic 36s were deployed on the roof, installed by the DWR team led by project manager Keith Pugin. These are visible from inside the mall and powered by 114 ArcPower 384 RackMount drivers and controlled via an MA Lighting grandMA2. Meanwhile, in the garden, the trees are lit by ArcSource 24 RGBW in-ground fixtures run via a Nicolaudie DMX controller. Beneath the garden lies the underpass, which features 22 ArcSource 24MC units and 40 ArcLine Optic 27 outdoor POBs to illuminate the the nearby cycle track.
‘I was already confident of the quality and performance of Anolis so I was extremely keen to stay with the brand for this, and also because they were so knowledgeable and helpful in actioning the bespoke adjustments necessary for the lights to work in this environment,’ confirmed Mr Jan. ‘At every stage of the process I had seven star service and attention to detail from John Saunders and his team at Anolis in the Czech Republic.’
Mr Saunders flew in for the grand opening of the mall and unveiling of the Anolis lighting setup. ‘Deryl’s exceptional designs combined with the most professional of teams at DWR ensured that Anolis was involved in another phenomenal project in South Africa,’ he said. ‘The cooperation between Anolis, the team at DWR and Deryl at PPA Lightco has always been on a different level. I am personally looking forward to working with them again on future projects.’