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AEL Business Platform
Modderfontein, Johannesburg, South Africa
Completed 2004

AEL, a company associated with blasting, demolition and explosives manufacture decided to relocate to Heartland Properties’ Longmeadow Business Park. The brief from the client was to project a sensitive and sympathetic attitude to the natural landscape at their new home. The GREENinc team understood this to mean (in landscape terms) not only protection of as much of the existing grassland as possible during construction, but also to establish a richer ecology facilitated through development. Water is collected and a variety of native plant species were introduced. Newly-established ecological strata provide a complex habitat for plant and animal life. The irrigation system is mostly sacrificial, with a zero irrigation policy during winter. This work changed the way we understand landscape as a living system that fits hand in glove with the built environment.

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