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Eastgate Center, Harare

Eastgate Center, Harare (must see)

The Eastgate Centre is a shopping centre and office block in central Harare, whose architect is Mick Pearce. Designed to be ventilated and cooled by entirely natural means, it was probably the first building in the world to use natural cooling to this level of sophistication. It opened in 1996 on Robert Mugabe Avenue and Second Street, and provides 5,600 square meters of retail space, 26,000 square meters of office space and parking for 450 cars.

The Eastgate Centre's design is a deliberate move away from the "big glass block". Mick Pearce took an alternative approach. Because of its altitude, Harare has a temperate climate despite being in the tropics, and the typical daily temperature swing is 10 or 40 °C. This makes a mechanical or passive cooling system a viable alternative to artificial air-conditioning.
Sight description based on wikipedia

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Eastgate Center on Map

Sight Name: Eastgate Center
Sight Location: Harare, Zimbabwe
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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Walking Tours in Harare, Zimbabwe

Create Your Own Walk in Harare

Create Your Own Walk in Harare

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Harare Introduction Walk

Harare Introduction Walk

Harare, formerly known as Salisbury, is the capital and the largest city of Zimbabwe. Amid the severe economic crisis that has been battering Zimbabwe the last few decades, Harare remains a vibrant metropolis and the country's cultural and economic hub. Among its key attractions is the National Gallery of Zimbabwe which hosts a vast display of African contemporary art and traditional...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.2 Km or 2.6 Miles