Architecture & Landscaping

Architecture

Dube City's development follows sustainable development principles in a quest to create within Dube TradePort an ultra-modern urban 'green' hub and making provision for premium office, retail, hospitality and leisure space immediately adjacent to the airport and, in so doing, delivering a world-class and cosmopolitan 24-hour business and leisure facility.

All developments within the precinct are encouraged to strive for a four-star 'green' rating. The precinct's urban design incorporates pedestrian-friendly zones, tree-lined boulevards, dedicated cycle lanes and open lawns.

Going forward, architecture will be of international standard and comply with guidelines created to ensure that the built environment here is distinctive in quality and responsive to the sub-tropical character and climate of Durban and the coastal belt.

It is envisaged that Dube City will be developed around both vehicular and pedestrian movement systems, linked to the adjacent airport terminal and - in the long-term - Mt Moreland. Buildings will define and shape open spaces and streets, creating a compact human-scaled urban feel.

Development  within Dube City will be fully integrated with the broader Dube TradePort and neighbouring King Shaka International Airport.

Landscaping 

The vision for Dube City emphasises the importance of active public open spaces.

These public areas should provide for controlled street trading, spill-out areas from restaurants and entertainment venues, street theatre and art.

Appropriate water-wise landscaping is regarded as critical in ensuring that buildings here achieve the highest possible 'green' rating and as such landscaping will be endemic, it will reinforce the area's sense of place. The use of water within landscaping will enhance the ambience of outdoor spaces, create a cooling effect and generate pleasant 'white noise' to mask the noise of both air and vehicular traffic.

Indigenous landscaping is a prerequisite for Dube City. At least 30% of the overall Dube City site should be landscaped and, in this regard, trees, planted pergolas, vertical screens and planters are encouraged.