In a notable recognition of exceptional urban design and mixed-use development, Oceans Umhlanga, designed by Elphich Proome Architecture has been honored with the prestigious SAPOA Property Development Award for Innovative Excellence.
The South African Property Owners Association (SAPOA), a respected entity within the real estate sector, has acknowledged the hotel’s significant contribution to the landscape of central Umhlanga. Elphich Proome Architecture (EPA), an architectural firm headquartered in Durban, South Africa, has played a pivotal role in the success of the Oceans Umhlanga Hotel project. EPA, established in 1989, boasts a dynamic team of 50 professionals with diverse expertise, including design architects, project architects, architectural technologists, graphics specialists, and administrative staff.
Elphich Proome Architecture‘s innovative approach to urban design is exemplified by the extensive podium in the structure, which serves as the anchor for three towering blocks. This mixed-use development seamlessly integrates retail, hotel, and apartment towers, presenting a cohesive and striking architectural ensemble that enhances the local environment. The project also fosters a dynamic urban interface, promoting pedestrian activity and engagement.
Established in 1966, SAPOA is a vital force within South Africa’s commercial and industrial real estate sector, representing approximately 90% of the industry’s key players. The association’s core mission is to champion and safeguard the interests of its members, while actively contributing to the growth and competitiveness of the real estate industry on a global scale.
The recognition of Oceans Umhlanga Hotel with the SAPOA Property Development Award for Innovative Excellence underscores the importance of thoughtfully designed, mixed-use developments in contributing to the vibrancy and growth of South Africa’s real estate industry. It serves as a testament to the collaborative efforts of stakeholders like Elphick Proome Architecture and the commitment of organizations like SAPOA to fostering excellence within the sector.