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Lifestyl Centre, The
Ballito, KwaZulu-Natal



Women in Architecture - I am Architect: SAIA News. 8 August 2019

Located in the scenic coastal town of Ballito, the Lifestyle Centre has provided a luxury shopping experience for residents and visitors alike since 2001. Led by principal architect Raewyn Hayhoe, Evolution Architects have been the project architects for the Lifestyle Centre from inception.

Evolution Architects has since transformed the centre from a strip-style mall into a unique lifestyle destination, most recently being approached with a vision to establish a space for community and celebration that eventually materialised into the redevelopment that is appreciated today - The Market at the Lifestyle Centre.

The perfect balance of materials used in the development spurred great interest and excitement during the centre's construction. For the exterior, a combination of timber, exposed clay brickwork, off-shutter concrete and Corten steel cladding were used, the timber and raw brickwork helping to soften the hardened feel of the off-shutter concrete and steel. For the interior, a variety of floor finishes were used to draw the shopper's eye to various points of interest. It is this thoughtful creativity that showcases Evolution Architect's precision and careful attention to detail.

Evolution Architects are helping retail environments reinvent themselves through design that ignites the senses and provides an exciting tactile experience for the modern consumer in an age of online shopping.

Submitted by William MARTINSON