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EThekwini’s Japanese Gardens enhanced with pavers

by Madelein
EThekwini’s Japanese Gardens enhanced with pavers

EThekwini Municipality continues to show its commitment to the city’s residents through a number of ongoing upgrades of public spaces. For the formalised creation of a wedding venue within the beautiful Japanese Gardens of Durban North, eThekwini Municipality once again chose to use Corobrik for their durability and colour fastness.

Need for revamp
eThekwini Municipality wanted to formalise the area for better functionality and to increase the use of the gardens. Commenting on the upgrade, eThekwini Municipality’s Spokesperson Msawakhe Mayisela, explained: “The Japanese Gardens have played host to garden setting wedding ceremonies for a number of years, with patrons using an avenue of existing trees as a makeshift wedding aisle and informal alter at the end. There was a need to formalise this popular venue by constructing a contemporary gazebo that suited a modern Japanese theme, complemented by the avenue of trees.”

Accessibility and patterns
Corobrik’s pavers were incorporated in the lower parking area for ease of accessibility, at the marquee wedding platform, in the aisle between the existing trees and for the creation of the open-air chapel. The pavers form the basis of the multi-purpose path around the gardens, from the wedding parking area to the paved drop-off circle at the top of the tree aisle for the wedding cavalcade. The cobbles were laid in a wedding-aisle pattern to emulate the rustic palette coupled with a Japanese-style border pattern to enhance the theme. The wedding marquee function area was completed in an intersecting block pattern alongside a Japanese-style pattern to create interest, rather than just a stark paved area.

The project started in June 2018 and was completed in June 2019. Key stakeholders involved included eThekwini Municipality’s Parks, Leisure and Cemeteries Department; eThekwini Municipality’s Architectural Department: Urban Design Branch; eThekwini Municipality’s Development Engineering Department with Worksite Asphalt as the contractor.

For more information, contact Corobrik on Tel: +27 (11) 871 8600 or via www.corobrik.co.za.

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