Onomo Hotel

Durban, CBD

The Morocco-based Onomo Hotel group is constructing a new Onomo Hotel in Durban, with the aim of spreading the Hotel Group’s reach from West Africa to South Africa. Our design for the site focused on blending the vibrant Moroccan style with local patterns, textiles and sub-tropical planting, taking inspiration from Zulu culture. The design incorporates woven shade structures throughout the landscape where guests can meet or relax.  A large Erythrina tree in the centre of the courtyard creates seasonal interest and shade. A series of detention ponds surrounding the property harvest storm-water and provide bio-filtration while supporting a wetland ecology. Screen planting provide a sense of respite and seclusion, bringing the natural back into the constructed urban environment.