Hill Campus The Development and Design Framework delineates a framework for this campus derived primarily from the existing topography. Inspired by the abundance of fruit trees and organically shaped orchards in Mpumalanga, the designer utilizes a fine organic network of paths. The buildings are positioned in accordance with the underlying site topography. The rigid park is transformed into a vibrant organic park where buildings become part of this park instead of standing aside. Redirecting car routes primarily around the campus gives the opportunity to fully utilize the campus space for social interaction. The network of secondary paths and trails flows throughout the campus and intentionally links open spaces which underscore the openness of the campus. The park gently meanders up the hill and culminates in a park square forming the Great Hall area as the primary focus of the campus.
Orchard Campus The proposed framework shows a clear distinction between the orchards and the buildings. A ‘zipper’ arrangement is introduced to enhance the integration between the buildings, public space and the orchards. Parts of the orchards spill into the public space creating environmental awareness. The current framework’s linear arrangement of the sports fields has been translated into a dynamic arrangement of sports fields within a green environment. It is about creating a familiar environment where people feel at home and where living and working come together harmoniously. As a centre of attraction and a cultural melting pot, the stadium is positioned along the secondary car road to improve accessibility and multi-functional uses.
Lower Campus The existing buildings and sports fields are refitted to facilitate a high standard of education, living and sport. The ‘embracing’ arrangement defines clear building edges and allows the existing orchard to flow into the public space. Emerging out of the square an agricultural faculty offers views over Nelspruit and the Botanical Gardens.