In 2013, the Silverstar Casino entertainment complex was expanded to include an amphitheatre, The Dome, on the western side. The attractive structure, designed and built by Otto Wijnberger of In2Structures, has been equipped with a basic lighting rig, stage and PA system, making it a suitable self-sustained venue for smaller shows hosted by Silverstar.
The site is situated against a hill backing up against the Roodekrans ridge, which required the earthworks to be cut to create platforms which therefore needed to be retained. The Terraforce retaining wall system was chosen, with a round face finish, which is easily planted and gives the wall a more natural look and feel. The system is also cost-effective, plantable and easily constructed to uniform concave curvatures.
The walls reach up to 6.5m in height and the fill behind is reinforced with geofabric and additional wide channels above the wall control the storm water from the hill above.
The indigenous trees, grasses and shrubs together with the foreground paving all complement and soften the structural retaining wall particularly well, while the red soils used for the backfill and for filling the blocks have stained the grey blocks, resulting in a colour mix that blends in with the surrounding environment.
The finished wall and additional landscaping provide a beautiful background setting for day and night entertainment.