African Design Magazine July 2017 | Page 38

green walls Ornamental green ‘tree’ structure in Sun City’s Entertainment Centre Dawid Fraser, Operations Manager for Bidvest TopTurf North West, described the construction of the so-called ‘green wall’ or slanted ‘vertical garden’, symbolic of a large tree, at the newly refurbished Sun City Entertainment Centre. Fraser explained that a major revamp was being done to the interior of the Centre and that the concept design had involved a central steel ‘tree structure’ under an extensive skylight. The ample indoor light was seen as an opportunity to use live plants rather than artificial. TopTurf suggested that the tree structure of steel piping should be covered with the polyethylene Modiwall planted wall system (see November issue of ADM – Netcare Pinehaven Hospital) to enhance the grandeur and the environmental value of the ‘tree sculpture’. At the recent 2017 South African Landscapers Institute (SALI) Awards of Excellence, the interior plantscaping of the refurbished Entertainment Centre at Sun City achieved a Gold Award. Photographs courtesy Bidvest TopTurf 38