Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Old Mutual Building, Durban

Old Mutual, Durban

While nowhere as grand as the former Old Mutual headquarters in Cape Town, the Old Mutual building in Durban has a certain substance and style to it.

I photographed it in 2003 and I haven't been able to find out much about it. lists a postmodern skyscraper as the Old Mutual Centre in Durban and one of the photos on their site shows this older building sitting in the shadows of the skyscraper.

A more concerning report, however, on from November 2009 details the refurbishment of Mutual Mall including this paragraph.

The four previous structures included the magnificent 31-storey A-grade tenanted office block, Old Mutual Centre; 300 Smith Street, which is an economical 18-storey office block which has undergone an upgrade to an A-grade building; and Gardiner House and Mutual Building which were demolished to create additional parking - about 400 additional bays resulted in a total of 800 bays (3 per 100m²).

I don't know for sure but this doesn't read well for the Old Mutual buildng in my photo.

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