Precinct / Area: Wodonga
Civic Landscape Award of Excellence: Junction Place
Entrant Practice: ASPECT Studios and City of Wodonga
Client: Places Victoria
Junction Place Wodonga is an example of clever investment, with high quality public realm establishing the future structure and conditions of an area that is being reconceived as a place for people in the city. The project has been informed by a strategic urban design analysis and provides the armature for future development, establishing an expectation of high quality architecture and urban design by starting with a public space. The public space is robust, uncluttered and considered, and supported by a program for events to draw people back to the area. Utilising remnants from the site’s previous railway use in a creative way, enriches the experience of place. This project demonstrates the influential role of landscape architecture, and landscape architects, in the process of change in our cities.
Precinct / Area: Inner Melbourne
Civic Landscape Landscape Architecture Award: Windsor Plaza
Entrant Practice: ASPECT Studios
Client: City of Stonnington
Set in the southern end of the popular Chapel Street shopping precinct this plaza provides an inviting place for people to stop and rest, to take in the world or participate in street life. The design cleverly changes an awkward road space into a consolidated pedestrian plaza.
The material palette creatively references the character of the Windsor end of Chapel Street through the use of polychromatic brickwork. The reference is not slavish however and adds new interest through new materials and different techniques of bricklaying. The pavements continue the material palette of the streetscape of Chapel Street. The pavement choices are also effective in providing variations in texture that keep a continuity of feel while subtly delineating areas for varying uses. A careful choice of furniture and lighting continues the references to the precinct of the site.
The simple planting palette will develop in time to reinforce this as a place people wish to visit and stay for a while in comfort.
Precinct / Area: Bundoora
Civic Landscape Landscape Architecture Award: RMIT Bundoora Pedestrian Spine
Entrant Practice: Taylor Cullity Lethlean
Client: RMIT University
The RMIT pedestrian spine at Bundoora provides a generous meandering pedestrian path from the public transport along Plenty Road into the Bundoora campus. In providing a simple link between Plenty Road and the Campus buildings the link provides much more. It provides an opportunity for interaction for the pleasures of nature or just a pleasant walk.
The link is designed to remain relevant as the campus grows in future years with further links coming off it as the campus grows.
This project becomes much more than just a path, it builds on the campus Masterplan and provides interest through integration of artful plantings, water bodies, open grassland and public art with the incorporation of the sculpture the Chimpanzee Finger.
The use of granite sets for the path and fine detailing of drainage throughout eh project a quality rarely seen on this type of project.