A historic Durban landmark, almost 100 years old, has been given a new lease on life after being converted into a modern mixed-use development featuring coworking and co-living spaces.
Located on Dr Pixley Kaseme Street in the CBD, the Garlicks building has been retrofitted by developer HOMii to become Maison de Chet E, which serves as a ‘co-live, cowork and co-play’ environment in response to the growing use of technology in everyday life. ‘Millennials are looking for flexible, safe solutions that allow them to work, live and play in close proximity,’ says Darren de Leur, managing executive at HOMii Lifestyle. ‘Traditional real-estate solutions don’t cater for that.’
As the fifth project in HOMii’s restoration drive, the eight-storey development now features 145 fully furnished private and co-living apartments, holiday rentals and loft apartments, and free coworking spaces. Prices start at R2 950 per month based on a ‘no-lease, pre-paid stay’ model. The building also features updated security measures including facial recognition access control.
Constructed in 1927, the building was home to Stuttafords in Durban before it was sold to Garlicks for an estimated R15 million in 1983.