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Transforming a rooftop in Oranjezicht, Cape Town with Terrafix blocks and succulents


Transforming a dull and unattractive rooftop into a vibrant and sustainable garden is no easy task. However, Bettina Haug of Euflora Landscaping in Oranjezicht, Cape Town, South Africa, rose to the challenge. Faced with a flat and unsightly rooftop, Haug sought a solution that would provide a unique finishing touch while withstanding the strong winds prevalent in the area. In this article, we explore how Haug utilised Terrafix blocks and succulents to create a stunning rooftop garden, breaking away from the uniformity of artificial turf and embracing a more natural aesthetic.

Terrafix blocks and succulents has brought new life to a previously unremarkable rooftop in Oranjezicht, Cape Town.

1. Overcoming Challenges with Terrafix Blocks:

To establish a garden on the rooftop, Haug needed a design that accommodated a maximum soil depth of 12cm and could withstand the powerful south easter winds. The Terrafix blocks proved to be the ideal choice for this project. Not only were they heavy enough to resist wind displacement, but they also featured soil-filled pockets that allowed for the planting of succulents. These blocks provided the perfect solution to create a thriving rooftop garden that could withstand the demanding environmental conditions of Oranjezicht.

The Terrafix blocks were placed onto Florrex sheeting.

The Terrafix blocks were placed onto Florrex sheeting.

2. Enhancing the Natural Aesthetic:

Haug aimed to break the monotony of the large artificial lawn that covered the rooftop, which was installed by EverTurf. By introducing the Terrafix blocks, she successfully added visual interest and a more natural look to the garden. The succulents planted in the soil-filled pockets of the blocks added texture and diversity to the overall landscape. This combination of artificial turf and natural elements created a harmonious balance that transformed the rooftop into an inviting oasis.

The Terrafix blocks heavy enough not to be blown of the roof.

The Terrafix blocks heavy enough not to be blown of the roof.

3. Maximizing Limited Space:

Due to the limited available space on the rooftop, most of the planting had to be done in planter boxes surrounding the outer areas. Haug strategically utilised these planter boxes to incorporate greenery and create a sense of privacy. Additionally, she brought in three impressive 2000l trees using a crane, elevating the aesthetics and providing a lush backdrop for the garden. The driveway was thoughtfully designed with strip pavers and interplanted with groundcover, adding a softer and greener feel to the overall landscape.

The Terrafix blocks provide open spaces for succulents.

The Terrafix blocks provide open spaces for succulents.

4. Collaborative Efforts:

The successful completion of this rooftop garden project was made possible through the collaboration of various participants. Alan Walt Architect provided architectural expertise, ensuring the design seamlessly integrated with the surrounding environment. Nazeem Khan, the quantity surveyor, played a crucial role in cost management and budget allocation. Mowa Construction served as the main contractor, overseeing the construction process, while Euflora Landscaping acted as the dedicated sub-contractor responsible for implementing the garden design. Lastly, EverTurf supplied the artificial turf, which served as the initial base for the transformation.

Breaking the monotony of the artificial turf, by EverTurf.

Breaking the monotony of the artificial turf, by EverTurf.

Conclusion:

Bettina Haug’s innovative use of Terrafix blocks and succulents has brought new life to a previously unremarkable rooftop in Oranjezicht, Cape Town. By carefully selecting materials and strategically designing the space, Haug successfully created a rooftop garden that not only withstood the challenging environmental conditions but also enhanced the natural aesthetic of the area. This project serves as an inspiration for others looking to transform their own rooftops into beautiful and sustainable gardens, showcasing the power of creative landscaping solutions.

Project Participants


Architect: Alan Walt Architect

Quantity Surveyor: Nazeem Khan

Main Contractor: Mowa Construction

Sub-Contractor: Euflora Landscaping

Artificial Turf: EverTurf

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