About

GREENinc is an award-winning landscape architecture and urbanism consulting studio based in Johannesburg, South Africa. The practice is renowned for contemporary design over a wide range of scales, typologies and contexts in South Africa and internationally. Whether it is dealing with culturally-loaded heritage sites or functionally driven urban environments, the practice is dedicated to the unique resolution of every project through research, collaboration, and innovation.

 

Practice Profile

GREENinc was founded in 1995, just after the birth of democracy in South Africa and at the beginning of a new era for landscape architecture internationally. Landscape architects were starting to take on leading roles on large projects, and their aptitude for solving ever more complex environmental and social challenges was starting to be appreciated. Landscape architects were also leading a new wave of interdisciplinary collaboration, in which the traditional boundaries between the professions becomes indistinct and innovation becomes possible. GREENinc fosters that spirit, and apart from bridging professional silos, has worked with diverse collaborators from traditional healers to artists.

Another aspect of the profession during the last two decades, is an increasing awareness of the systemic nature of landscape projects and their ability to preserve, nurture and establish ecosystems and social systems. GREENinc has always had a strong focus on the natural environments of its sites - its trademark locally-indigenous planting palettes are evidence of this. It has also always had a special interest in the social environment, particularly public open space design in the urban context.

Over the past 20 years, GREENinc’s work has ranged from large scale planning projects like the Mon Trésor Smart City project in Mauritius to small scale design projects like the African Cabinet Garden located at the IGA, Berlin, Germany. We have worked on urban upgrades like the Hollard Street Upgrade and the Braamfontein Regeneration Project in Johannesburg CBD. Our heritage and memorial work include The Freedom Park Sikhumbuto & Associated Gardens, The Freedom Park //hapo (Museum), Liliesleaf Farm and the Sharpeville Memorial.  We have designed landscapes with therapeutic value for the Vryburg District Hospital in the Nothern Cape and Jabulani Hospital in Soweto, Gauteng. With our involvement in projects such as the Bloemfontein- and Kimberley Psychiatric Hospitals and the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital, we have broadened our research and experience to include therapeutic landscapes for children and for mental institutions.

GREENinc has worked in numerous countries in the Africa and Middle Eastern region and with architects as far afield as London (Foster and Partners) and New York (SHoP). The firm’s work has been recognized through international awards like the Architecture+ Award in Dubai, the Torsanlorenzo Prize (Italy) and have to date, received twelve Awards of Excellence from the Institute for Landscape Architecture in South Africa (ILASA).

 

Awards 

Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital | ILASA Award of Excellence (2017) | GIFA Award of Excellence (2017)  

Marula Game Ranch | ILASA Award of Excellence - Presidents Award (2017)

The Houghton on 12th Luxury Apartments | ILASA Award of Excellence (2015)

Repi Park (Repi Landfill Site, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia) | 3rd Place, International Competition, 2014. In collaboration with Peter Rich Architects & Mebratu Architects (Spain) | ILASA Award of Excellence (2015)

The Freedom Park //hapo (Phase 2) | ILASA Award of Excellence (2013) 

Sharpeville Memorial | ILASA Award of Excellence (2011)

Corniche Bay, Mauritius | ILASA Award of Excellence (2009) un-built category

Lilliesleaf Heritage Project | ILASA Award of Excellence (2009)

The Freedom Park Intermediate Phase | Special Mention: World Architecture Festival, Barcelona (2008 + 2009) | Torsanlorenzo International Prize, Landscape design and protection, Urban Green Spaces (2009) | Loerie Award | ILASA Award of Excellence (2009)

Forum Homini Boutique Hotel | ILASA Award of Excellence - Presidents Award (2007) | Silver Loerie Award: 3 Dimensional Design- Architecture and Interior Design Category (Activate Space, 2006)

Northern Cape Legislature | Design+Awards (Dubai)

African Explosives | ILASA Award of Excellence (2005)

Hollard Street Renewal Project | ILASA Presidents Award (2003)

 

Project List (Selected)

Current    Cecilia Makiwane Regional Hospital, East London, Eastern Cape, RSA

Current    The Houghton Residential Estate and Hotel, Johannesburg, Gauteng, RSA

Current    Javett Art Centre, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, Gauteng, RSA

Current    Botswana Innovation Hub, Gaborone, Botswana

2018        Centre Forum, Mixed-use Development, Pretoria, Gauteng, RSA

2017        Maropeng infrastructure upgrade, The Cradle of Humankind, Gauteng, RSA

2017        African Cabinet Garden, Gardens of the World, IGA 2017, Berlin, Germany

2017        Digicall Head Office, Johannesburg, Gauteng, RSA

2016        University of Pretoria Prinshof Lecture Hall Complex, Pretoria, Gauteng, RSA

2016        Msunduzi BRT, Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu Natal, RSA

2016        The Centenary, Modderfontein, Johannesburg, Gauteng, RSA

2016        Marula Game Ranch, Windhoek District, Namibia

2016        Centurion Square Phase 1, Centurion, Gauteng, RSA           

2016        Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital, Parktown, Johannesburg, Gauteng, RSA 

2016        Mon Tresor Smart City: Urban – and Precinct Design, Mon Tresor, Mauritius

2016        Modderfontein Town Centre Visioning, Johannesburg, Gauteng, RSA 

2015        Thaba Moshate Hotel & Casino, Burgersfort, Limpopo, RSA

2015        Umhlanga Gateway Public Environment Upgrade, Durban, Kwa-Zulu Natal, RSA

2015        Angelshack & Drager Warehouses, Waterfall, Midrand, Gauteng, RSA       

2015        Agrivaal Offices for the Department of Public Works, Pretoria, Gauteng, RSA

2014        Eskom Data Centre, Midrand, Gauteng, RSA

2014        Mbabane Office Park, Mbabane, Swaziland 

2014        UNISA CEMS, Tshwane, Gauteng, RSA

2014        Two Rivers Riverfront Development, Nairobi, Kenya

2013        BRT (Rea Vaya) Environmental integration, Johannesburg, Gauteng, RSA

2013        Jabulani Hospital, Soweto, Gauteng, RSA     

2013        Natalspruit Hospital, Vosloorus, Gauteng, RSA

2013        FNB Bank City Urban Environment Upgrade, Johannesburg CBD, Gauteng, RSA

2013        The Freedom Park //hapo Museum, Tshwane, Gauteng, RSA     

2013        Boipatong Memorial and Youth Centre, Boipatong, Gauteng, RSA

2012        Sharpeville Exhibition Centre, Sharpeville, Gauteng, RSA

2012        Seven & Twelve on Houghton, Houghton, Johannesburg, Gauteng, RSA

2012        Kimberley Mental Hospital, Kimberly, Northern Province, RSA (ongoing)

2011        Sharpeville Memorial, Sharpeville, Gauteng, RSA

2011        Vryburg District Hospital, Vryburg, Northern Cape, RSA

2010        16 Gauteng Department of Education Schools, Gauteng, RSA    

2009        FNB & Wesbank Campus, Fairlands, Johannesburg, Gauteng, RSA

2009        Eskom Marapong Housing, Lephalale, Limpopo, RSA

2009        Hlabisa Hospital, Hlabisa, KwaZulu Natal, RSA

2009        Environmental Education Centre, Johannesburg, Gauteng, RSA

2008        Lilliesleaf Museum, Rivonia, Johannesburg, Gauteng, RSA

2008        Taemane Residential Estate, Tshwane, Gauteng, RSA

2007        Metro Link, Braamfontein, Johannesburg, Gauteng, RSA

2007        Cape Gate Mixed-use Precinct, Cape Town, Western Cape, RSA

2007        Siemens Campus, Midrand, Gauteng, RSA    

2007        Debswana TSC and BDVC, Gaborone, Botswana

2007        The Freedom Park Sikhumbuto & Associated Gardens, Tshwane, Gauteng, RSA

2006        University of Johannesburg Art Centre, Auckland Park, Johannesburg, RSA

2006        Forum Homini Boutique Hotel, Cradle of Humankind, Kromdraai, Gauteng, RSA

2005        Hollard Insurance Campus, Parktown, Johannesburg, Gauteng, RSA        

2004        Royal Swazi Botanical Gardens, Manzini, Swaziland

2003        Braamfontein Renewal Project, Braamfontein, Johannesburg, Gauteng, RSA

2004        AEL Business Platform, Modderfontein, Johannesburg, Gauteng, RSA 

2004        Lobatse Mental Hospital Campus, Lobatse, Botswana

2002        The Northern Cape Legislature, Kimberley, Northern Cape, RSA 

2001        SA Eagle Square, Johannesburg CBD, Gauteng, RSA

2000        The Gordon Institute of Business Science, Johannesburg, Gauteng, RSA 

1999        Momentum Head Office (phase 1 and 2), Centurion, Gauteng, RSA

1997        KPMG (SA) Regional Head Office, Parktown, Johannesburg, Gauteng, RSA