oa Civil Engineering = Siviele Ingenieurswese - International Convention Centre, Durban

Volume 7, Issue 5
  • ISSN : 1021-2000



Durban was put on the international conference map with the opening of its new International Convention Centre in September 1997, a project that won a Durban Branch Award for Excellence in Civil Engineering and was nominated for SAICE's National Award last year. The complex, which hosted SAICE's Annual Congress this year, is located in central Durban, and has been incorporated into the pedestrian and tourism linkages through the city. The 6,25 ha site dominates the cityscape, which meant that the form of the external envelope, although following the function of the internal areas, became a prime consideration, with consequent influence on the roof structural form. The architectural solution created a series of curved continuous roof profiles, the main halls of the building forming a single curved profile along the central axis, with a series of transverse 'waves' about the perimeter, forming the roof to the concourse, foyer, service and break-away areas.

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