Used in internal and external architecture as well as civil engineering applications, gabions are dry-packed stone walls contained neatly within wire mesh baskets. Rather than having to hand-dress large, heavy stones in order to painstakingly build watertight structures, packing rock into mesh baskets creates a slightly looser and lighter feel that has a softer and more natural effect in a landscape, allowing water to pass through freely.
Wire baskets are stacked and linked together like building blocks, but the art of constructing these walls lies in the skilful packing of the rock to give a neat facing finish and a stable construction. Their substantial weight when filled makes them a formidable barrier. As opposed to a brick and mortar wall, once a gabion wall is in place there is little to no maintenance required.
Gabions may be filled with soil and planted up with succulents to soften the edges, or even placed in ponds as ‘stepping stones’, allowing you to walk over the water’s surface. Small cubes can be used as seats, adapted into benches, tables or water-features – the options are endless.
Cape Contours has mastered the art of gabion design and construction, and although the initial capital outlay for the wall might be higher than a conventional brick wall, in the long term you will save greatly on reduced maintenance costs while keeping a timeless and elegant natural look.