Eastgate Centre, Harare, Zimbabwe

Mick Pearce

The Eastgate Centre is a large-scale project that combined traditional Zimbabwe technology, local materials, and bio-inspired cooling methods to passively cool a large building mass.

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The Eastgate Centre is a 9-storey mixed-use building (shopping centre, parking, and office space) located in Harare, Zimbabwe that does not utilize an active heating and cooling system to regulate the building’s temperature. Inspired by termite mounds, the designer incorporated a ventilation system that draws and redirects hot air through the chimneys at the top of the structure.

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The Eastgate Centre was commissioned by Old Mutual Properties and designed in collaboration with Ove Arup and Partners.

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Construction costs totaled 35,000,000 USD.

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Internationally, primary competitors include buildings that employ biomimicry to achieve sustainability, such as the MMAA Office Building in Qatar, 30 St Mary Axe in London, and the BIQ House in Hamburg.

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Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities

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Target users include tenants renting the retail and office spaces in addition to individuals visiting the shopping centre in Harare, Zimbabwe.

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