Serving both social gathering and personal reflection, the courtyard has maintained universal appeal and enduring relevance over centuries and across cultures and climates. Offering privacy, security, natural illumination, ventilation, thermal regulation and spatial circulation, the courtyard remains unchallenged in its ability to seamlessly span interior and exterior settings. Sheltered from the elements, the courtyard unconsciously invites an intimate relationship with nature—in respect of which Thirty Keyes is no exception.
A key feature of the Thirty Keyes courtyard is the signature inventory of endemic Witwatersrand flora selected by landscape designer studio Fieldworks. By introducing species such as Melinis Nerviglumis, Scabiosa Colombaria and Kniphofia Ensifolia into its landscaping programme, Fieldworks intends to re-establish local vegetation that would have occurred naturally in the highveld region prior to modern suburban development.
This focus on sustainable gardening not only forms an important extension of the building's larger environmental agenda and its objective to optimise management of its resources, but also serves as a celebration of the often-overlooked wild beauty of our shared natural heritage.