Dube Square | Durban South Africa | CNdV africa


Dube Square is a unique example of landscape architecture – boldly bringing together the design of public space, the design of an iconic outdoor structure and the design sculptural, water and visual elements to create a memorable outdoor space.


Being involved from the inception of the Dube City project, the landscape architect could ensure that external spaces were correctly dimensioned for a variety of uses, whether for functions, circulation or environmental requirements.

CNdV was responsible for the detailed design of Dube City – including roads, pedestrian spaces, street furniture, sculptural elements, custom designed street furniture and lighting, water features and signage. Dube Square is designed as an open yet comfortable space which provides a setting for daytime and evening functions and gatherings.


Of significance is the design and project coordination by the landscape architect of the award-winning iconic free-form glass and steel structure defining Dube Square.A specialized type of glass provides protection from rain, absorbs UV light, deflects heat and dirt, whilst remaining visually light and translucent.

The understated use of feature lighting, as well as an LED movie screen provides ambience and entertainment. Restaurants on ground level will spill out into the square.

Misters and fountains in the square are part of a connecting and circulating theme of water which, link through various pedestrian spaces, eventually culminating in external swales and reed-beds on the edges of the site, before flowing into river systems.

CNdV worked with local sculptor Andries Botha, responsible for the sculpture of John Dube.

Dube Square won an ILASA Award of Excellence in 2013

Dube Square | Durban South Africa | CNdV africa

Client | Dube Tradeport

Project team |
Landscape architects and principle designers | CNdV africa
Project co-ordinators (glass and steel canopy) | CNdV africa
Structural engineers | Henry Fagan and Partners
Civil engineers | Virtual Consulting Engineers
Project Managers (civil works) | Virtual Consulting Engineers

Contractors and Sub-contractors |
Civils contractor | WBHO/Group 5
Glass and Steel Structure | STS Engineering, Durban
Glass sub-contractor | City Glass, Durban
Soft landscaping | Leitch Landscapes, Durban

Artists / other contributing professionals |
Andries Botha (John Dube Sculpture)

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