HABITAT OFFERS A DIVERSE RANGE OF PROFESSIONAL SERVICES IN LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE, PLANNING, ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT & HERITAGE

Habitat Landscape Architects have extensive knowledge and experience of planning, design, environmental management, heritage, project management and implementation within the local, national and international context. Our team dynamics enable

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LANDSCAPE

excellence and are central to delivering on time and within budget. Habitat Landscape Architects consist of a mix of senior, experienced staff and junior staff to ensure continued learning and knowledge sharing. The consultancy is set up to be flexible and competitive

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ENVIRONMENTAL

by drawing on a range of multidisciplinary independent specialists and experts. We always take a strategic yet pragmatic perspective in selecting who we partner with to ensure that our core values remain. The services we render typically include:

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HERITAGE & TOURISM


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 EXPLORING NEW PLACES

“We develop sustainable, resilient solutions to planning and design by balancing human needs with the environment...”

We are determined to make a difference in society and to improve the livelihood of the communities that we engage with. We always endeavour to have a long-term relationship with the projects we immerse ourselves in, and the communities or individuals we have touched. We are fundamental about understanding processes, creatively bridging the gaps between engineering science, environments and people.

MEET THE TEAM

DIRECTORS

  SIEGWALT KUSEL   Siegwalt is a Professional Landscape Architect and Archaeologist with more than 15 years of experience in a broad range of planning, design and assessment applications from large scale strategic to site-specific projects. He is practical at the core and principled about understanding site contexts and processes.  “Understanding the drivers and interaction of the landscape, people and the environment is central to the design process we follow. Emerging yourself in the local context is the only way you can discover the nuances of a site and express these in our projects.”

SIEGWALT KUSEL

Siegwalt is a Professional Landscape Architect and Archaeologist with more than 15 years of experience in a broad range of planning, design and assessment applications from large scale strategic to site-specific projects. He is practical at the core and principled about understanding site contexts and processes.

“Understanding the drivers and interaction of the landscape, people and the environment is central to the design process we follow. Emerging yourself in the local context is the only way you can discover the nuances of a site and express these in our projects.”

  STEFAN DU TOIT   Stefan is a Professional Landscape Architect with more than 15 years’ experience. He has a vibrant approach to project conceptualisation, landscape design, environmental planning and problem solving. He is passionate about understanding the numerous layers of the landscape. Extracting and interpreting from these layers are the key informants to his design solutions.  “We strive to design habitats and people- orientated spaces that are connected and integrated with the natural and cultural contexts. I always draw my inspiration from the subtle interactions between the natural, cultural, historical and social environments that shape, develop and sustain the community. It is these delicate interactions that inform the final aesthetic manifestation of our projects.”

STEFAN DU TOIT

Stefan is a Professional Landscape Architect with more than 15 years’ experience. He has a vibrant approach to project conceptualisation, landscape design, environmental planning and problem solving. He is passionate about understanding the numerous layers of the landscape. Extracting and interpreting from these layers are the key informants to his design solutions.

“We strive to design habitats and people- orientated spaces that are connected and integrated with the natural and cultural contexts. I always draw my inspiration from the subtle interactions between the natural, cultural, historical and social environments that shape, develop and sustain the community. It is these delicate interactions that inform the final aesthetic manifestation of our projects.”


HOW WE WORK

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How we can assist

Habitat Landscape Architects is a consultancy that offers diverse range of services in Landscape Architecture, Environmental management and Heritage. We sell professional services on time or percentage basis.

We always apply a multidisciplinary, inclusionary and integrated approach to all projects, pursuing structured and reiterative planning and design processes. Throughout the project we meet regularly with the project team, communities, interested and affected parties and the client. We continuously benchmark with local, regional and international companies and institutions to ensure we remain current, apply best practice and strive for the best possible product.

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   LANDSCAPE

ARCHITECTURE

 

The practice specializes in landscape architectural, planning and design services. Our portfolio includes a diverse set of skills and a range of services from initial conceptualisation through to implementation and the management of landscape projects. We pride ourselves in our ability to bridge the gaps between engineering science, environments and people through an informed approach. Being experienced in environmental, social and cultural systems, we are uniquely positioned to bring related professions together into new alliances to address complex social and ecological problems. We bring artistic form and integrated function to the ideals of community, sustainability and resilience.

As a core focus area our Landscape Architecture projects encompass a diverse range of projects from the regional to the local scale, from straightforward to complex, always striving for new innovative solutions through critical analyses.

Our portfolio of services includes: 

  • Large scale planning                                                                                       
  • Spatial planning                                                                                               
  • Urban planning and design frameworks
  • Development Frameworks
  • Open Space Planning
  • Master planning
  • Feasibility studies
  • Conceptual design
  • Detail design
  • Site Development Plans
  • Technical resolutions
  • Construction documentation
  • Project management
 

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De Aar Hospital

The landscape design approach is contextual, drawing on the landscape, culminating in a product of culture, topography, vegetation, climate and ecological processes. From a landscape perspective we aimed to emulate the natural vegetative response to climatic cycles, which resulted in seasonal variation and reduced maintenance, thereby ensuring a sustainable project.


The landscape forms a series of interconnected outdoor rooms that complement existing buildings and answer to the needs of users. The landscape responds to functional aspects of the site and the users.

 
The design seeks to create human-scale therapeutic spaces that contribute to the healing processes that are fundamental to medical institutions. The design replicates and re-establishes ecological systems to increase biodiversity through habitat creation. Such an approach moreover promotes sustainability in terms of implementation and long-term maintenance.
 


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Lehae Community Park

The design approach for Lehae Park focused on the development of a vibrant community park that promotes the integration of the local community— inclusive of children and adults—around a common need for recreational space.

The sustainability of the park hinged on the incorporation of robust play elements with drought-resistant and frost-hardy plants. The development of the park centres on a central playground, of which the concept aims to inform users of the fact that, just as in nature, people are connected and dependent on others.

The playground was developed with a narrative that involves the dynamics within and around a termite mound (present on site). This was translated into the design elements of the playground. The play equipment is associated with a sequence of freestanding perforated walls that form an interconnected playing space.


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Murray Park (Phase 2&3)

Murray Park is a public resort next to the Alexander Dam in Springs, Benoni. The Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality is in the process of renovating the resort    over    several    financial    years.    The    park    was    completely    derelict,    and    run    down.    This    brownfield    site    provided    distinctive    opportunities    such    as    changing a dilapidated pool into a skate park. An existing 1960 Googie-style roof structure in the park inspired the Space Age theme for the park.


A strong emphasis was placed on inclusive design, with playgrounds, ablutions and    other    amenities    catering    for    individuals    with    different    disabilities.    We focus on bringing a unique factor to each park development, making extensive use of custom-designed products. We work closely with engineers and manufacturers to ensure that all designs comply with the SANS 511761:2010 playground safety standards. A special emphasis has been placed on natural playground elements and how playing with sand, water and objects are    greatly    beneficial    to    the    cognitive    and    emotional    development    of    children.

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environmental

 

Habitat Landscape Architects have a strong environmental bias being experienced in a wide range of environmental and spatial planning aspects. We have successfully completed a diverse range of environmental projects from large scale strategic planning to local site-scale rehabilitation projects.

Some of the environmental services we provide include:

  • Large scale strategic and environmental planning
  • Rehabilitation frameworks, plans and management plans
  • River rehabilitation and stabilization
  • Open Space Planning
  • Site and Environmental Management Plans
  • Ecological Storm Water Management Plans
  • Water-sensitive urban design
  • Site Assessments and Specialist Environmental Attribute Mapping
  • Feasibility studies
  • Ecological design solution
 

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APIES RIVER

As early as 2001 the City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality (CoT) recognized the  crucial  need to rehabilitate the  Apies    River north  of the Wonderboom Poort up to the inlet of the Bon Accord Dam on account of the constant flooding of existing    approved  developments and ecological degradation of the overall system. Habitat Landscape Architects were appointed in 2010 to develop a Rehabilitation Framework for the Apies River from the Wonderboom Poort to the Rosslyn Bridge. The principle purpose of the rehabilitation framework was to integrate the hydrological model and design with the ecological restoration and rehabilitation of the Apies River.

The key goals set for the restoration of the river included the following:                                                                   

• Assist the River to reach a state of equilibrium

• Improve the natural resources quantitatively and             qualitatively   

• Restore and protect the river corridor and associated       habitats     

• Increase biological diversity

• Maintain river corridor connectivity   

•  Maximise recreational and open space use

•  Encourage individual and collective stewardship of          the river
 
Through a number of reiterative design cycles the ecological and recreational design requirements for the proposed rehabilitation   project were refined and integrated with the hydrological model and design from the Institute for Water and Environmental Engineering (IWEE) of the Department of Civil Engineering, University of Stellenbosch, in order to develop a framework that will inform the detail design phase.


The broad process included:                                              • Identifying a reference stream corridor and                       determining  the  desired state of the River

• Undertaking a detailed vegetation survey

• Mapping of important vegetation, river features and         the opportunities, constraints and habitats that the         design will have to respond to

• Reviewing the ecological compatibility and identifying     possible  conflicts in the detailed hydrological                 engineering model.


The Rehabilitation Design Framework was developed from a combination of baseline assessments as well as best-management practice in stream corridor restoration.

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heritage

& Tourism

 

Habitat Landscape Architects have in-house heritage and tourism specialists. We have been involved in numerous heritage projects both as principle specialists and as part of a larger team of specialists. The association of Landscape Architecture and Archaeology through a synergistic approach enables us to provide our clients with integrated solutions. From a tourism design and development perspective Habitat has completed diverse projects and studies over the years. We have a strong bias for site interpretation, route development, heritage trail and heritage site development, and also mitigation.

Services offered in this sector comprise:

  • Heritage research and surveys
  • Heritage Impact Assessments and management plans
  • Site identification, documentation, management and development
  • Heritage planning, feasibility and design
  • Tourism route feasibility, design and development
  • Content development and interpretation
  • Interpretive routes and trails
  • Displays and information signage
  • Land claims assessment
 

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DINOKENG

Dinokeng is the first free-roaming Big 5 residential    game reserve in Gauteng to border on an urbanised area. The Dinokeng project is an initiative of Gauteng Tourism to stimulate sustained economic growth in the north-eastern part of the Province.


As part of the Dinokeng Game Reserve (DGR) the Province, in partnership with land owners and the adjacent communities, is looking to develop self-drive routes to unlock and maximise the tourism potential of the Reserve. Habitat Landscape Architects, with the support of Royal Haskoning DHV, embarked on an extensive feasibility assessment and stakeholder engagement process to develop the self-drive component for the Reserve. The product included a detailed assessment of the Reserve, the infrastructure, and the viability of several alternative  options, the  development of a community beneficiation  model with implementation and management guidelines and a monitoring framework. The framework also included the development of all tourism and related infrastructure, signage and route interpretation content.


These routes aimed to be as robust as possible and to act as a catalyst in unlocking the development and economic potential for especially the local communities on the periphery of the Reserve. The routes link key points of interests of ecological, topographical, geographical and cultural heritage importance, as well as providing facilities such as stopovers, picnic spots and bird hides.