Award – Richmond Terrace Park - hansen partnership
Photo credit: Andrew Lloyd
The Jury commend this project for its consultative approach that has resulted in a design that engages with its context in a tangible and legible manner. The project neatly addressed a tricky combination of pedestrian and vehicular access in a clear and legible manner. The incorporation of adjoining heritage context into the design of the light boxes, retaining wall brickwork and pavements has been done in a refined manner that enlivens the site while avoiding a sense of being overbearing. Community opinion and expectations appear to have been sought out and included on the project in a way that has instilled a strong sense of connection with the resulting project outcome.
The jury is delighted to see the implementation of such thoughtful projects being retrofitted into car-dominated residential urban environments, and is pleased to award Hansen Partnership for a thoughtful, thoroughly detailed project outcome.
Award -- Art Technology Science – Chapel Interface, Orchard Design
Photo credit: Lakshal Perera
The design of this relatively small, sharply sloped site has provided opportunities for multiple types of occupation and interaction by St Francis Xavier College students. The landscape architects have driven a project that is to accommodate future development of the chapel itself, operating as a landscape entrance sequence and forecourt, while responding to existing rammed-earth bell-towers.
The project features a beautifully detailed hardscape of rammed earth walls, off-form sandblasted concrete, bluestone and solid timber. A complex geometry negotiates the slope and draws viewlines to the future significant site of the chapel. The walls create nooks and moments for varied seating – and lounging – interaction by students. The landscape architects have created a deceptively simple future entrance environment that serves immediately to heighten expectation, frame the grandness of the bell-towers, and yet also offer intimate experiences for small-group relaxation.
The jury congratulates Orchard Design for the strong and sophisticated hardscape design of this site, creating a project of multiple values for students, staff and visitors.
Award – 108 Flinders St - Tract
Photo Credit: Tract Consultants
This intriguing project provoked vigorous jury discussion. Tract has offered an interiorised landscape of artificial planting that addresses a number of challenging site constraints. The twelve-storey apartment building encloses an 18 x 8m first-floor atrium of eleven stories. With limited maintenance and service access, the requirement for a delightful, shared outlook for all residents has resulted in this experiment. While the concept of synthetic environments is hardly new, and past designers have tested the artistic and critical possibilities that artificial constructions can explore, the employment of ‘fake’ vegetation in particular sits uneasily with predominant expectations of the profession.
The design features upside-down pendant potted ‘trees’, a soaring ‘green’ wall and glass-bottomed pools which filter light to the foyer below. The space incorporates an eighteen metre graphic wall designed by Emery Studios. The careful, very seriously delivered detailing and well-judged sense of scale have created an engagingly rare space of mental play and visual joy.
The jury congratulates Tract on a project that has earnestly investigated the playful possibilities open to landscape architects in developing unplanted green spaces.
Award – Return to Royal Park - City of Melbourne
Photo credit - Peter Bennetts
'Return to Royal Park' offers people, in particular children, the opportunity to test and explore their physical skills and imagination. Playground conventions and standards have been thoroughly tested by the designers as an integral component of this project. The use of 'off-the-shelf' play equipment is bold, sculptural and crafted in its own right, and appears as a bunch of huge tree trunks, as if growing in a forest.
The planting palette represents a serious investigation into appropriate native and local species suitable for a high use public play space; it is exciting and wonderful in it's own right, (as we have come to expect from Mr Paul Thompson's involvement). The planting integrates beautifully with the concept of nature based play within a highly urbanised context.
The project also recognises the important and highly acclaimed Royal Park Master Plan completed by Council in the 1980’s.
The project team sought permission from the traditional owners to employ the theme of the seven seasons of the Wurundjeri as a way of encapsulating nature based play. While the theme remains conceptually important, interpretations are kept to a minimum allowing people to experience the space without distractions and unnecessary clutter.
Evident in the project is the strong commitment to the design vision from inception through delivery to the post completion maintenance. As such, we can look forward to the park growing into itself and providing enjoyment to many long after the designers have left.
Award of Excellence in Landscape Architecture – GASP! Stage 2 - McGregor Coxall
Photo credit - GTourism Victoria (Julia Smith)
The Jury was unanimous in its decision to give this project an award of excellence in the category of design.
This beautiful project is site responsive, environmentally sensitive, well designed, and interpretive without the need for ‘interpretation’. The culmination of a post-industrial site rich in artefacts, spectacular landscape setting, extremely harsh site conditions and a very limited budget in the hands of this design team has yielded a fantastic design outcome. A very restrained response that has allowed the great qualities of the site to shine through, with a simple plant and material palette and a beautiful eye for composition and visitor experience has created a legacy landscape.
Congratulations on a great project.