Rush hour rest stop

Shortly before the N3 negotiates the final coastal ridge that skirts central Durban, this busy motorway passes the northern border of Cato Manor, a well-known residential enclave with a tragic history. Known locally as Umkhumbane, it is this site and its complex history that informs an art-minded architectural project a little further along the N3, on a plot of land adjacent the Berea Centre. Here, a short walk from Warwick Junction, a busy transport interchange and historically black and Indian marketplace, a group of German architects working with a team of local Durban fabricators have constructed an unusual gazebo-like structure.

The crown of the simple roof-and-beam structure is made from the gutted shells of old cars sourced from the city’s many scrap yards and resembles a five-lane traffic jam. Peculiar as it is, the structure is entirely practical – it functions as a shelter for hitchhikers who congregate here before inching down an embankment to thumb a lift town from cars leaving Warwick Junction and headed inland, past Cato Manor.

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