President's Award & Category First place:
South African Institute for Landscape Architecture (ILASA)
Award of Excellence: IFLA
Archilover Best Project
Jury & Popular Choice Winner: 9th Annual Architizer A+ Awards
Prix Versailles Worldwide Awards
Embedded into the landscape a cafe and gift shop are built into the earth, an ‘effortless fusion’ between architecture and the natural landscape. The roofs are carpeted with indigenous grasses and succulents that seamlessly integrate their curved masses into the contours of the site. Trellises with climbing plants frame the structures, further blending them into the landscape.
An accessible canopy walk offers a vantage point to observe the indigenous woodland and spectacular valley views. As a structuring device, it frames play areas, creates sheltered spaces beneath the decking, and provides support for the climbing and swinging nets that are woven through it.