The Pavilion is one of the largest shopping centres in South Africa, offering 100 000 m² of retail and entertainment to the greater metropolitan area of Durban. The Pavilion has since been extended to cater to increased demand for space by retailers.
The nine Victorian-style domes of structural steel and glass are the main architectural elements of the centre, making the mall an instantly recognisable landmark in Durban. Drawing inspiration from the glass conservatories of nineteenth century Europe; which were a symbol of class and status, the glass domes define the main public areas and allow natural light into key areas. The domes comprise of arches, barrel vaults and decorative steelwork and contribute to varying the ambience of the internal malls. The focal point of the building is the central dome that rises 34m above the roof deck. The Pavilion won a Steel Award in the category of Unique/Innovative Use of Steel for the complex steelwork expressed in the domes.