Centenary Tree Canopy Walkway Wins Beauty Contest Competition Featured
The Centenary Tree Canopy Walkway often known as ‘The Boomslang’ (which means tree snake) has been chosen as one of 12 nominated works in the Most Beautiful Object in South Africa competition at the Design Indaba Expo 2015. This canopy gracefully snakes its way alongside the treetops within the Kirstenbosch national Botanical garden in South Africa.
The Kirstenbosch Centenary Tree canopy Walkway in Cape town is a raised walkway that lets viewers see the forest and trees the best way a bird or a monkey might. The project is a collaboration between Mark Thomas Architects and Engineers Henry Fagan & Partners consulting engineers. The walkway reaches a highest top of 12 meters from the ground and touches the ground only twice. It has several observation facets from which visitors can enjoy the surrounding view. Inspired by a snake's skeleton, the 130m metal and wood structure takes viewers on a winding walk, with views of the mountains, gardens and Cape residences. The decking is stained, treated, slatted pine, placed on side and spaced to accommodate the walkway’s curves. The total structure was designed to be low-maintenance and low-impact.
Set towards the eastern slopes of Cape town’s table Mountain, Kirstenbosch is the first botanic garden in the earth to be included within a natural World Heritage Site. Established in 1913 the 36 hectare garden is part of a larger 528 hectare nature reserve. To herald the 100th anniversary of Kirstenbosch in 2013, the Centenary Tree canopy Walkway was constructed in 2013-14, and opened to the public on 17 may 2014.
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