Al-Ghazali College is a private school in Erasmia, Pretoria. The beautiful Moorish Architecture of the building was let down by the neglected courtyard landscape. A large existing Camphor tree creates lovely shade but the shallow roots and the dense shade cover prevented anything to grow underneath. Instead of removing the beautiful tree, which gives a sense of place to the courtyard, we opted for artificial lawn. Raised planters were included in strategic places to frame the the courtyard. The planters function is to create seating for children during break times and the fact that the planters are raised, allows plants to grow without being trampled.
The areas outside the building perimeters, were very run down as well and was mostly wasted space. We created an outdoor art area and planted fruit trees, that can be seen from the classroom windows. An area for vegetable gardening was also created, with trellises for climbing plants, to green an unsightly boundary fence.