Architects retain village atmosphere in retail development
The Mainstream Shopping Centre is the major hub of retail activity in Hout Bay, through to Camps Bay and Clifton. The Centre, bounded by Main Road, Princess Street and the Hout Bay River has been altered and extended to accommodate growing demand in the area.
Hout Bay, a fishing village on the Cape west coast, is a 30-minute drive from Cape Town. Despite recent development, it has retained a distinct village atmosphere, which together with its beautiful beach, mountain ranges, ocean views and Africa’s first harbourfront emporium, Mariner’s Wharf, has led to its increasing popularity as a quality place to live and a tourist destination. Often referred to as ‘the Republic of Hout Bay’ because of the limited access routes into the village, it is surrounded by mountains and nature reserves.
The architects, Bentel Associates International (BAI), have designed a contemporary look for the extension to the development, which enhances the existing country and village feeling of the Centre. It has open malls with covered and paved walkways, as the architects were under instructions to ensure that the design did not in any way resemble a ‘mega mall’.
The extension consists of an additional 2516m² retail area, including a major extension to Woolworths. There is also new undercover parking for 257 cars, new on-grade parking for 208 cars and 8 apartments.
Mainstream Centre is a sensitively-designed and beautiful 21st century retail complex, situated in the ambience of a 100-year-old fishing village.