2020 marks a decade of involvement in the prestigious and very successful West End Knysna Mall.

Initially employed in a JV with a prominent Gauteng firm to reinvent the existing Knysna Mall, we have been retained by our client to assist them architecturally, since 2010.

Projects that we have been involved with, subsequent to the initial intervention, have been many and varied. We have assisted with multiple tenancy shifts, providing drawings and consultations to effect smooth transitions. We have overseen the conversion of an unused basement space into the current 2500 sqm Game Store in Knysna.

More recently we designed and implemented the new premises for Standard Bank in Knysna. And last year we undertook the rejuvenation of an internal piazza within the oldest part of the mall precinct. This was to allow a large national health retailer to open a store in Knysna.

Starkey Architects WEST END MALL, Knysna
Starkey Architects WEST END MALL, Knysna

Currently we are looking at reworking some existing office space into micro apartments. This intervention will attempt to alleviate the huge shortage of inner city housing within Knysna and as such we are very excited about this project.

This retail and commercial architecture continues to provide an interesting and fulfilling role within our boutique Design Studio. The opportunity to make a difference to the social fabric of our town through reinvention, is also very rewarding. Hopefully we will continue to provide that service for decades to come