Architecture Fabrik

Architecture Fabrik

Contemporary Edwardian

Contemporary Edwardian A typical Edwardian style cottage, situated in the original Borough of Glenwood established in the late 1800’s. This dwelling was built in 1928 with a garage and enclosed patio added in the 90’s.  A growing family in sub-tropical Durban found the arrangement and lack of extension to the outdoors constraining.  The opening up […]

Cultural Precinct

Durban Cultural Precinct Place Making Strategy Promoting Plan 6 of the eThekwini Municipality IDP, namely  A VIBRANT AND CREATIVE CITY – THE FOUNDATION FOR SUSTAINABILITY AND SOCIAL COHESION. The vision set out aligns with eThekwini’s goals with the Sustainable Development Goal’s, and the more focused Local Area Plan. The World Organisation of United Cities and […]


Durban City Architects Guide An accessible introduction to the architecture of Durban This ambitious project is a collection of photographs and research that presents the diverse social, geographic, economic, cultural and religious history of Durban through its architecture. It showcases a rich selection of at least one hundred buildings and is a guide that allows […]

Public Realm

Francis Farewell Square This project named ‘Public Realm Architecture’ undertaken by Ethekwini Municipality’s ‘City Architects’ was given the go-ahead in late 2009 in anticipation of the 2010 World Cup. The aim of the project was to provide much needed maintenance and restoration of the area stretching from Gugu Dlamini (formerly Central) Park, north of the […]

Freedom Cafe

Freedom Cafe and the Concierge Hotel Tucked behind the gritty commercial zone of Umgeni Road in Durban, lie a series of Victorian workers’ cottages from the late 1800’s. When the client acquired four of these semi-detached units, the brief was to create a boutique hotel with adjoining studios for creative professionals. With the development being […]

The Test of Time

History, Culture and Identity Universal access Completed in 1910, the design of Durban’s City Hall was won in competition by Woollacott, Scott & Hudson. The building fronts Church Street adjacent to Francis Farewell Square. Both the City Hall and Francis Farewell Square are National Monuments. There are three distinct sections to this building. The administrative […]

Ad Coelum

Ad Coelum ‘To Heaven’ The new heart of the home revolves around a central volume raised over an open plan living room.  More akin to a gallery, this high volume is bound on three sides by clerestories, equally designed to bring natural light to the art as reconnect the interior with the heavens. The pavilion […]

Social Housing

Social Housing Heritage Impact Completed in 1936, this building is listed on the Heritage Register, Level Grade 3.  City Building or otherwise know as Oldham House is of the International Style, Art Moderne. The horizontality is marked by the flat roof, smooth wall finish, the continuous hood at the head of the fenestration on both […]