Green Point Park
Photo Credit: City of Cape Town

The new dome in Green Point Park is not only a space that will honour history, but it has also made its own mark in the history books!

 

Green Point, South Africa (16 April 2024) — One of Cape Town’s most loved parks (Green Point Park) has seen many hands busy at work to make room for a new educational space!

Part of the City of Cape Town’s Experiential Education Garden (EEG) that’s being created on the park’s edge, the dome classroom is an obvious highlight for knowledge seekers; especially those who appreciate honouring heritage.

Initially launched in late 2020, the classroom inspired by dwellings of the Khoi people became an exciting addition to the the famous park. Where the classroom is set to highlight educational programmes and exhibitions around the Khoi, the education gardens help highlight environmental connections and awareness for city slickers and visitors, of all ages.

Although development has taken some time, a big milestone was reached recently as a curved and moulded glass dome weighing 155kg was finally installed atop the dome. This, thanks to the vision of architect Derek Kock and engineer David Marks who has helped bring the vision to life.

In a first for South Africa, the dome is said to be the first mass timber dome ever built on local soil. In a world first, it is the first three-dimensional mass timber dome ever built, as per Deputy Mayor and Mayco member for Spatial Planning and Environment, Alderman Eddie Andrews.

“Mass timber is the newest and greenest system of carbon-conscious construction in the world today, and the come has been one of the catalysts for accelerating this construction in South Africa,” Alderman Andrews added. 

So, when the Green Point Park dome is finally done and dusted, not only will it be a place that honours history, but it’ll also be one that has made history!


Sources: City of Cape Town
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