n Civil Engineering = Siviele Ingenieurswese - Kirstenbosch centenary tree canopy walkway : projects : technical excellence category

Volume 23, Issue 10
  • ISSN : 1021-2000



In May 2012, the South African National Biodiversity Institute decided to build a tree canopy walkway to commemorate Kirstenbosch's centenary, making the 'canopy' experience and new views of Cape Town and Table Mountain available to the public, including people who are wheelchair bound. The walkway had to blend unobtrusively into the forest, minimising both the visual impact on the area and the physical impact on the forest. A delicate structure, carefully positioned between the trees, with colours blending in with its surroundings, was needed. A two-year process of creative collaboration between architect Mark Thomas and structural engineer Henry Fagan resulted in a steel and timber footbridge meandering through and over the treetops of the Enchanted Forest, a natural treasure of well-established trees.

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