AWARD WINNING landscape architects OvP Associates’ approach was to focus on four main landscape aspects: to connect the building and the boardwalk system to a larger pedestrian network; to aid and display the sustainable systems to increase resource effeciency; to create healthy and comfortable work and people environments; and to anchor the building within the regional context.
A system of pathways links Carl Cronje Road with the building and the quarry boardwalk, thereby connecting the public spaces through a continuous accessible path network. The landscaping facilitates the sustainable processes of waterrecycling and natural ventilation of the basement. The water feature system of fountains and the leivoor channel cools and transports recycled water back to the quarry and recreates the Elsieskraal River that flowed across the site historically.
The flow of water directly corresponds to the process of regulating building temperature and becomes a visual element which the passerby can experience and enjoy. The material used in the landscaping complements that of the building in colour and form.
The rocks used for the garden walls is similar to that mined in the old quarry and together with the indigenous planting, anchors the landscaping in the regional context.
Large trees provide windbreaks and contribute to the creation of comfortable outdoor environmentsfor pedestrians and a healthywork environment for those occupying the building.The indigenous vegetation reduces irrigation water demand by 90%.