Gateway to South African innovation


Jeremy Steere Architect created this landmark design at the entrance to a new RBIDZ industrial estate in Richards Bay, South Africa.

The folding concrete roof line references the KwaZulu-Natal’s symbolic fish eagle, part of the municipality’s emblem.

Commissioned by the provincial KwaZulu-Natal government as its business entity, the Richards Bay Industrial Development Zone is a world class, fully serviced industrial estate located on the north-eastern coast of South Africa. The Industrial estate is a special economic zone set up to attract export orientated investment. This estate is ideally located, boosting prime rail and road access; it is also linked to the deep water port of Richards Bay. The Richards Bay Industrial Development Zone is envisioned to be a trade portal to the world.

Jeremy Steere Architect

The structure is raised a metre off the ground to create air vents in the slab that are part of the passive cooling system that includes a landscaped courtyard, acting as a thermal chimney.

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