Pearl Breeze
Durban South Africa
Height 118.2 m / 388 ft
Floors 25
Official Name

The current legal building name.

Pearl Breeze
Name of Complex

A complex is a group of buildings which are designed and built as pieces of a greater development.


CTBUH collects data on two major types of tall structures: 'Buildings' and 'Telecommunications / Observation Towers.' A 'Building' is a structure where at least 50% of the height is occupied by usable floor area. A 'Telecommunications / Observation Tower' is a structure where less than 50% of the structure's height is occupied by usable floor area. Only 'Buildings' are eligible for the CTBUH 'Tallest Buildings' lists.

Architecturally Topped Out
Structurally Topped Out
Under Construction
On Hold
Never Completed
Competition Entry
Proposed Renovation
Under Renovation
Under Demolition
Completed, 2008

The CTBUH follows the United Nations's definition of Country, and thus uses the lists and codes established by that organization.


The CTBUH follows the United Nations's definition of City, and thus uses the lists and codes established by that organization.


A single-function tall building is defined as one where 85% or more of its usable floor area is dedicated to a single usage. Thus a building with 90% office floor area would be said to be an "office" building, irrespective of other minor functions it may also contain.

A mixed-use tall building contains two or more functions (or uses), where each of the functions occupy a significant proportion of the tower's total space. Support areas such as car parks and mechanical plant space do not constitute mixed-use functions. Functions are denoted on CTBUH "Tallest Building" lists in descending order, e.g., "hotel/office" indicates hotel function above office function.

Structural Material

Both the main vertical/lateral structural elements and the floor spanning systems are constructed from steel. Note that a building of steel construction with a floor system of concrete planks or concrete slab on top of steel beams is still considered a “steel” structure as the concrete elements are not acting as the primary structure.

Reinforced Concrete
Both the main vertical/lateral structural elements and the floor spanning systems are constructed from concrete which has been cast in place and utilizes steel reinforcement bars.

Precast Concrete
Both the main vertical/lateral structural elements and the floor spanning system are constructed from steel reinforced concrete which has been precast as individual components and assembled together on-site.

Utilizes distinct systems (e.g. steel, concrete, timber), one on top of the other. For example, a steel/concrete indicates a steel structural system located on top of a concrete structural system, with the opposite true of concrete/steel.

A combination of materials (e.g. steel, concrete, timber) are used together in the main structural elements. Examples include buildings which utilize: steel columns with a floor system of reinforced concrete beams; a steel frame system with a concrete core; concrete-encased steel columns; concrete-filled steel tubes; etc. Where known, the CTBUH database breaks out the materials used in a composite building’s core, columns, and floor spanning separately.


Height is measured from the level of the lowest, significant, open-air, pedestrian entrance to the architectural top of the building, including spires, but not including antennae, signage, flag poles or other functional-technical equipment. This measurement is the most widely utilized and is employed to define the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) rankings of the "World's Tallest Buildings."

118.2 m / 388 ft
To Tip
118.2 m / 388 ft
Floors Above Ground

The number of floors above ground should include the ground floor level and be the number of main floors above ground, including any significant mezzanine floors and major mechanical plant floors. Mechanical mezzanines should not be included if they have a significantly smaller floor area than the major floors below. Similarly, mechanical penthouses or plant rooms protruding above the general roof area should not be counted. Note: CTBUH floor counts may differ from published accounts, as it is common in some regions of the world for certain floor levels not to be included (e.g., the level 4, 14, 24, etc. in Hong Kong).

# of Apartments

Number of Apartments refers to the total number of residential units (including both rental units and condominiums) contained within a particular building.

Construction Schedule

Construction Start



Structural Engineer
Cooper Architects; Seedat & Seedat
Structural Engineer


Franki Africa

About Pearl Breeze

Pearl Breeze is part of the residential landmark complex in Umhlanga, Durban, known as “The Pearls of Umhlanga.” The resort town of Umhlanga, “The Place of Reeds,” is situated 20 minutes from Durban along the Dolphin Coast, the playground of bottlenose dolphins. Complete with unspoiled golden beaches and lush sub-tropical greenery Umhlanga is fast becoming a popular holiday destination for international tourists.

Pearl Breeze is the first tower to be completed in the complex, and two more high-rise towers are planned. Pearl Breeze is the shortest tower for the complex. Once completed the Pearls of Umhlanga will house the tallest towers to be built in the region. Also part of the complex is an apartment building that was renovated to house luxury accommodation and low-rise “cabanas” built on the sea-facing boundary of the site. The complex will also feature a state of the art health spa and a retail boulevard.

A design feature of the complex is the central landscape area which is overlooked and surrounded by the three towers. This area contains rolling lawns with tropical vegetation and a large feature swimming pool. The landscaped area also serves as the roof to the basement parking below. To enhance the development there is no on-grade parking with all underground parking accessed near the main entrance gate to minimize the visible area of roadways.

The project will help bring Durban into an exciting new age of modern architecture and will promote development in the area. Property values in this area have increased by more than 100 percent since 2000, and the trend is expected to continue with the introduction of new buildings and complexes such as the Pearls. This complex provides state of the art, luxury residences and facilities and will definitely be a destination for those living in and visiting the area. The proximity of the residences to the health spa and to the retail boulevard reduces the need for vehicles for transportation, therefore helping to reduce emissions in the area.