Inspiring South African design: Boomslang

by Ofentse Sefolo

Every year, thousands of people stride along the Boomslang tree canopy walkway in the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. Inspired by a snake skeleton, it is an exceptional curved steel and timber bridge that winds and dips through and over the trees, providing panoramic views of the Gardens, mountains and Cape Flats. Designed by Mark Thomas Architects in collaboration with Henry Fagan & Partners structural engineers, the project has won numerous awards and remains a big tourist attraction.

It is also one of the top picks of Jason Wiggin, our guest editor for the September issue of WALLS & ROOFS in Africa.

(Photos by Adam Harrower)

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