Netherlands Bank Building - Nedbank
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'... a Fabergé of a building, a completely personal conception, painstakingly and beautifully developed by one of the finest architects this country has produced' (Greig: 1971, 114) "Eaton's most complete, most perfect design" and "one of the most charming modern buildings in the world". (Lord Holford in Greig, 1971: 116)
This building replaced the Club Arcade and two columns and a section of the mosaic paving were preserved as a memory of that building.
Some time ago someone took it upon themselves to start demolishing the screen, luckily because of public outcry the demolition was stopped - but how to repair?
Nedbank’s former Durban head office is widely regarded as a masterpiece and celebrated South African architect Norman Eaton’s finest building. The cube-like structure is raised above Anton Lembede Street on an un-honed travertine podium, accommodating both urban fountains and greenery. Glazed curtain walls enclosing the central banking hall are shielded from the elements by an iconic grass-green ceramic filigree screen, an homage to Eaton’s obsession with beautifully crafted and uniquely designed building elements. The structure’s large, flat roof boasts a garden with sweeping city views. Now restored, the garden houses specially commissioned sculptures and 2 400 plant species, including quinine trees, indigenous grasses, and aloes.
Source: Mod squad: Six marvellous South African buildings to know about by Brian McKechnie in Business Day, 14 September 2020.
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