Puff Adder by Patrice Taravella
and Terry de Waal

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The Puff adder by Patrice Taravella and Terry de Waal

A timber tunnel shaped like a snake - with a bulge to suggest an ingested mouse - provides perfect conditions for growing lilies on a farm in the Western Cape of South Africa.

The Puff adder by Patrice Taravella and Terry de Waal

The snake-like Puff Adder structure at Babylonstoren Farm, designed byĀ French architectĀ Patrice Taravella and engineer Terry de Waal, is made from balau wood strips on steel frames and winds along a streamĀ  surrounded by olive and eucalyptus trees.

The Puff adder by Patrice Taravella and Terry de Waal

The slats reduce direct sunlight while allowing air to circulate, creating an ideal environment for native South African clivia lilies, which flower in spring.

The Puff adder by Patrice Taravella and Terry de Waal

The tunnel features a bulge nicknamed 'the mouse', a visual pun suggesting what the snake might have eaten for lunch.

The Puff Adder by Patrice Taravella  and Terry de Waal

Photographs are by Alain Proust.

The Puff adder by Patrice Taravella and Terry de Waal

Here's some more information from the designers:


A shaded walk was recently created on Babylonstoren farm for a collection of clivias. These famous indigenous lilies of South Africa flower during Spring which starts in September.Ā The walk meanders next to a stream emanating in the Simonsberg and slithers through wild olives and eucalyptus trees.

The Puff adder by Patrice Taravella and Terry de Waal

The structure of balau slats on steel frames eliminates about 40% of sunlight but allows a free flow of air: ideal for clivias. The bulge in the structure is known as ā€œthe mouseā€, as it resembles a rodent in the belly of a snake. The structure was designed by Patrice Taravella and engineered by Terry de Waal.

The Puff Adder by Patrice Taravella  and Terry de Waal

Babylonstoren garden is situated in the Cape Winelands and is open to the public. The clivia collection edges a huge formal vegetable and fruit garden which supplies the farm hotel and Babel restaurant with fresh produce daily.

  • Davide

    It will be nice to see humans inside for animals outside!

  • http://www.ritelineroofing.co.nz Aaron

    What an awesome idea! It looks natural yet still functional, love it!

  • Vespertine

    This is so beautifull! It would be great to use in a public garden or a park.