The concept for this unique retail development is borne from the need to provide the KZN North Coast with a differentiated shopping and leisure experience which incorporates the various aspects of the unique KZN lifestyle. Sunny skies and wonderful weather become an integral part of this development. The various elements of nature and the surrounding landscape are incorporated into the design so that they come together as one. The priority of the pedestrian is at the core of the development.
This open air environment, has been designed to provide 85 000 square metres of retail within separate nodes which are all unique in their architectural language and style. The different nodes are interconnected by landscaped walkways (which are covered to offer protection from the sun and rain), bridges, malls and sidewalks. Theses nodes are also further characterised by park-like open areas which offer family-orientated entertainment zones to the shopper.
At the heart of the development is the ‘town square’ comprising two levels of al-fresco style restaurants, tapas bars, coffee shops and retail stores which overlook the natural vegetation of the Cornubia valley and wetlands. As with all successful regional shopping centres, easy access and excellent visibility is crucial and the architecture responds to it as well.