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Hyde Park

69 Peter Mokaba, Berea.

Situated at the crest of the Berea Ridge, Hyde Park has spectacular panoramic views of Durban. Set far back from the street, its 10 floors of apartments (including a penthouse) gives the appearance of a stately ocean liner in a sea of large trees.

The apartments in this building are large and well-serviced, with each of the floors typically containing one three-bedroom and three two-bedroom flats. There is an intricate double geometry to these units, generating spatial variety and a powerfully simple tectonic. The faceted wall plane subtly differentiates the units from each other, while plastered masonry bands alternate with transparent glazing and shaded balconies to strengthen the sense of horizontality. The triangular balconies are set in the angle between living rooms and bedrooms, allowing for complete privacy between units. This configuration provides the units with a view to the south and the east by twisting the orientation of the living rooms, a device employed by Crofton and Benjamin in several other projects.