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Gardens Award of Excellence: The Eve Apartments

Recipient: 360 Degrees Landscape Architects

Sponsored by: Andreasens Green

The Eve Apartment gardens offer an incredibly beautiful, immersive landscape experience in the midst of Erskinville. Every part of this design from the terraces to the courtyard and the rooftop uses a rich and experimental palette, to ensure lush and healthy planting in challenging site conditions. Of particular note is the use of space in what is a relatively small leftover area between buildings. In the courtyard, meandering spaces are carved out of what looks like a pre-existing, primordial landscape, with vines of Thunbergia and Cissus trailing from the buildings. The roof, in turn, offers respite and recreation for residents with a sequence of spaces created by a sophisticated layering of lush dryland plants. This configuration of spaces and the lushness of planting provide places for residents to enjoy the garden without disturbance from others, whilst retaining the overall sense of spaciousness.

In this project, aesthetics, program and sustainability are interwoven in deeply satisfying way. The Eve Apartment gardens are likely to be a significant local precedent for landscape architects seeking to enhance the well-being of residents and the ecology of the local and urban environment

Cultural Heritage

Cultural Heritage Award of Excellence: Coal Loader Platform

Recipient: North Sydney Council

Sponsored by: Gosford Quarries

The current and latest stage of the Coal Loader is the result of many different stages of work which have progressively delivered a sympathetic and usable interpretation of a collection of heritage buildings, materials and new uses over the entire site.

The platform itself presents a practical and usable space and simple shade structures which use contemporary materials. There is a collection of native planting in a series of on-structure and exposed demonstration garden beds. The original coal hopper chute openings are preserved and from above the linear arrangement and structure and original purpose are visible. The first hopper opening near the park entry is retained in its raw form to reveal the original condition and operation, and it invites further curiosity into the workings of the tunnels below. The tunnels beneath are kept intact; the first for biodiversity/ resident bat colony, the second provides an untouched raw condition walk-through access, the third manages the site water harvesting and re-use and the end is dedicated and bookable gallery and event space. The gallery spaces have rough-hewn walls which clearly show the original materiality of the concrete stone matrix and timber formwork, and the newer concrete chamber walls are a lime-washed blank canvas suitable for art curation / display.

The result is a reverential and clean interpretation of the existing working site, heritage revealed but not laboured over, and shows a respectful and complementary use of materials and simplicity in form.

Cultural Heritage Landscape Architecture Award: Plantbank

Recipient: 360 Degrees Landscape Architects

Sponsored by: Gosford Quarries

The Australian Plantbank is a remarkable new plant conservation laboratory at The Australian Botanic Garden in Mount Annan, part of an international network of scientific institutions seeking to preserve global plant biodiversity. The centre presents long-awaited and much-needed infrastructure that is critical to the urgent task of banking Australia’s diverse flora, which is increasingly under pressure.

The gardens are a collaborative effort by 360 Degrees Landscape Architects and the horticultural and botanical specialists at The Australian Botanic Garden. They provide a test-bed for experimentation with biological variables of the surrounding endangered Cumberland Plain Woodland, distilling its inscrutable character into a legible series of gardens based on the typologies of woodland and meadow. In this way, the project seeks to reinterpret and thereby deepen our connection with this rare and delicate vegetation community. It is rare to see experimental test beds displayed to the public in such an engaging way. The beds are never static and connect directly with the workings of the lab and its internal displays.

Plantbank is a thoughtful blend of science and art. It visibly communicates the contingent and ephemeral nature of vegetation communities
Land Mangement

Land Management Award of Excellence: Cape Byron Visitor Masterplan

Recipient: CONTEXT Landscape Design

Sponsored by: The Hills Bark Blower

As the most easterly point on the Australian mainland, the Cape is one of the most highly visited tourism destinations in regional NSW, with key natural and cultural attractions clustered in a small area. Competing demands of pedestrian and cars accessing the lookouts, walking tracks, lighthouse heritage precinct and rest areas across the site results in conflicts that reduce the quality of the visitor experience.

The NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service engaged CONTEXT to prepare a comprehensive masterplan to deliver physical improvements and alternative access solutions in a staged implementation plan that addressed need, budget, construction constraints and minimises inconvenience to visitors and residents. The masterplan considers improved transport efficiencies, sustainability, visitor amenity and satisfaction, and importantly the heritage and stories of the indigenous Arakwal people in addition to more recent maritime history. The masterplan identifies opportunities for employment for the Arakwal people, and the ability of the site to cater for anticipated increases in visitation. The Cape Byron masterplan displays rigorous thinking and leadership, and is practical in establishing the future vision.