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URBAN REGENERATION
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  POLOKWANE
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  LOCATION - Polokwane, Limpopo.
ARCHITECT - ARUP Architects and Urban Designers
 
The city of Polokwane is the capital of the Limpopo province and situated at a strategic position, the gateway to Sub-Saharan Africa and serves as a service centre to a vast number of surrounding towns and villages.

RLS worked closely with Arup Architects & Urban designers to create a family of products to uplift the inner city of Polokwane.
LIGHTING - Special pole light 340mm x 200mm x 9m complete with 150W MH customised rectangular luminaire with a potted safe seal reflector system. All poles were manufactured and designed locally. The poles and luminaires were made of hot dipped galvanised steel and then painted red on the road facing side to create a unique visual experience when driving along the road.
SEATING - Unique street furniture seating was created by bending 3mm mild steel and painting the inside red.
DUSTBIN - Dustbin 650mmx450mmx845mm high mild steel 3mm.
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Geodesic Dome

GEODESIC DOME
- The structure was constructed out of U channels welded and bolted together with triangular connector nodes. No two elements are the same and the design was only finalised after extensive 3D modeling. The dome was assembled by RLS on site using a 28 ton crane, a team of 6 artisans and scaffolding. The steel elements of the dome were galvanised and painted with primer and duplex coating (2 coats ~ 100 microns) paint. The mesh inserts were made of galvanised mild steel laser cut sheets, all custom made to fit each location. When the props were removed from the dome, a maximum allowable deflection was 30mm. The structural deflection was within the tolerance. Galvanised steel benches were also designed, manufactured and installed within the dome structure. This was lit by Large in-ground Mites and Lotis Louvre wall lights. One dome was built at each end of the bridge.