The Grey Street complex, for example, evokes elements of Islamic Architecture in its facade, entrances and adornment, and also remains remarkably true to the planning principles of Islamic architecture. Elsewhere, however, evidence of new paradigms and a break from tradition are evident. The designs of the Orient Islamic School – with its bold caligraphy on the facade – as well as the Jama'At Khana for the University of Durban Westville (designed by Rodney Harber), the Reservoir Hills Mosque (Hallen Custers) and the Jama'At Khana at the University of KwaZulu-Natal Durban (Architects Collaborative) are all strong examples of this new and eclectic direction.
As the five-times prayer is a fundamental element of Islam, one of the first institutions to be built by any settlement of Muslims is always the masjid. It was in this spirit that that two of the first congregational masajid were built in Grey Street and West Street. Today, there are over 100 masajid in and around Durban, easily identified by their minarets which punctuate the city's landscape.
While the masjid is the most common example of Islamic Architecture in the city, other examples include various shrines, as well as the presence of Islamic influences in the commercial and residential sectors.