The University of Pretoria TuksMonate Dining Hall was completed at the beginning of 2014. The landscaping consists of a Promenade approximately 400m long. The pathway allows for pedestrians and cyclists. The design is very rhythmic with raised seating walls and pause areas, allowing students to wait for friends or enjoy the refreshments, they purchased at the new dining hall. The piazza area allows for outside gatherings and informal seating and can be used for outdoor functions. We are very excited about the installation of LED strip lights, that light up the promenade and create a spectacular effect at night.
The site was effectively flat and posed a challenge to the landscape architect to create interest. The design philosophy was to play with the landscape to create mounds. The mounds are placed along the southern side of the promenade and together with the planting enclose views towards the building. Only as you approach the building, do the views open up and a sense of arrival is created. The soil excavated for the building was re-used for the mounds.
Water management was taken into consideration, due to the length of the promenade, a lot of water run-off will take place. A bio-swale was created along the northern edge of the promenade, and suitable planting was planted in bands.
This project was awarded an ILASA Award of Excellence in 2015, as well as the Just Trees Award for the Best Use of Trees in a Landscape Design.