The building exists as a single bent timber sunscreen facing the ocean. The rest is recessed into the primary dune that slopes from the edge of the city to the shoreline. The roof is an extension of the grassy park behind.
Both the back and front of the restaurant are fully openable: the front to the sea, the back to a treed courtyard protected from the coastal winds. At one end, a skate park is where urban-tribe meets surf-culture. At the other is the pre-existing Mini-Town, a curious miniaturised model of the city we enclosed in a version of a timber and stone kraal wall, the only secure visual barrier that would fit the budget and also reference the dual urban and rural realities of the many South Africans.
North Beach, Golden Mile, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal