Montecasino, Johannesburg’s top entertainment precinct, introduces The Pivot, a joint venture development between Tsogo Sun, Abland and ABSA. Conceived as a walled Tuscan Village, the architectural theme marries an old world tradition and sense of history with a modern feel incorporating contemporary design elements. The Pivot is being developed in response to the demand for a third hotel in the Montecasino vicinity and the success of the Palazzo Tower Offices.
Regent was asked to make themed carriage lanterns to match and complement the lanterns already supplied by Regent on the previous phase of the development. The Grand Classic post tops and poles were developed from sketches made by Landmark Studios while in Italy. The special carriage lights at the entrance of the hotel and at the pool terrace were developed from drawings made by the project architects, Nsika.
There was also extensive use of accent lighting we achieved by using the Shuttle spot and flood lights. The lamps used are 20W or 35W metal halide.
The centre piazza is dominated by the Pivot sculpture from which LED light strips radiated. Our understanding is that this is the only installation of wide (300mm) light strips in external paving in South Africa. Initially it was felt the work could not be done because of the difficulties in water proofing. Regent, in conjunction with Keith Russell of Rawlins Wales and Partners developed a system where the water would drain down through the tiles and out through the no fines drains below. The LED strips themselves are IP67 and the glass tiles were specially developed from two laminated sheets of 10mm toughened glass with a textile film between. This was to make the tiles more opaque – sandblasted glass without a film between is too translucent.